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Sunday Facts and Trivia

Published by J M Lennox in Trivia
September 10th, 2010

A collection of facts and trivia about Sunday, the seventh day of the common week; why it is named, some historical events of ‘Bloody Sunday’, which countries enjoy the ‘Sunday Roast’ what de facto national holiday is celebrated in the United States, and the songs and books that are named after it.

The word ‘Sunday’ was derived from:

  • Old English word ‘sunnandaeg’ – day of the sun
  • Latin word ‘dies solis’ – day of the sun
  • Ancient Greek ‘hemera heli(o)u’ – day of the sun

It is therefore hardly surprising that Sunday became known as it is.

First and Last Day of the Week

According to the international standard Sunday is the seventh and last day of the week. However, according to the internationally accepted civil calendar, the Islamic calendar, and the Hebrew calendar, Sunday is the first day of the week and is therefore a working day in most Muslim countries.

Health and Colour

The ancient system of health care called Ayurveda which centres on holistic health recommends wearing pink or maroon and being around pink or maroon flowers on this day of the week.

Songs

Songs named after this day include:

  • Easy Like Sunday Morning – Lionel Ritchie
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday – U2
  • Tell Me On A Sunday – Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Everyday Is Like Sunday – Morrissey

Books

If you were born on a Monday, the nursery rhyme of Mother Goose, states that you would be ‘wise and good and gay’, and fiction books with Sunday in the title include:

  • Lord Sunday – Garth Nix
  • Sunday’s Child – Tom Lewis
  • Seven Days From Sunday – M H Sargent
  • Sundays at Tiffany’s – James Patterson

History

  • ‘Bloody Sunday’ has been named after quite a few historical events which occurred on a Sunday, including:
  • 1887 – a demonstration in London, England, against British repression in Ireland
  • 1900 – a day of high casualties in the Second Boer War, South Africa
  • 1905 – a massacre in Saint Petersburg, Russia that led to the 1905 Russian Revolution
  • ‘Black Sunday’, was named after the 1935 worst dust-storm in American history
  • ‘Cold Sunday’ was a meteorological event which took place in 1982, when cold air swept down from Canada and plunged temperatures across much of the United States far below existing all-time record lows

Religion

  • ‘Easter Sunday’ represents the resurrection of Christ for many Christians
  • ‘Palm Sunday’, formally ‘Passion Sunday’, is the Sunday before Easter
  • Many Christians today consider Sunday a holy day for church attendance and a day of rest

Sport

For many people Sunday is a day for recreation. ‘Super Bowl Sunday’ is the name given to the championship game of the National Football League in the United States and is now considered a de facto national holiday.

Food

The ‘Sunday Roast’ is a traditional British main meal served on Sundays, usually in the early afternoon for lunch, consisting of roasted meat and potatoes together with accompaniments such as Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, vegetables and gravy. It is popular throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, United States and Canada.

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  1. Posted September 10, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Nice Work

  2. Posted September 10, 2010 at 11:53 am

    More interesting fact of the day’s cheers

  3. Posted September 10, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Nice Share.

    :-)

  4. Posted September 10, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Very interesting article.

  5. Posted September 10, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Nice Post

  6. Posted September 10, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing

  7. Posted September 10, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Great share.

    Emmie

  8. Posted September 10, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Very interesting! By the way- Morrissey’s song, “Everyday is Like Sunday” is one of my favourite songs. Definitely worth a listen.

  9. Posted September 10, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Great! :D

  10. Posted September 10, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Yippee, Round the week information. Great work Lennox. Truly appreciate it. Will use these trivia in future for all kids and students. Very Interesting information and nicely written articles. Hats off to you for coming up with such a novel idea

  11. Posted September 11, 2010 at 1:36 am

    $- great work-$

  12. Posted September 11, 2010 at 2:27 am

    Thank you friends. Raj I’m so glad you enjoyed the series.:-)

  13. Posted September 11, 2010 at 5:53 am

    I like the sound of Everyday is like a Sunday..Lol.Very informative post.

  14. Posted September 11, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Good one Janette, now when I have time I need to go back and read the rest. We do take days for granted so it’s wonderful knowing more about them.

  15. Posted September 12, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Well written

  16. Posted September 12, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Once again I learned something new from you.

  17. Posted September 12, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Very interesting…yes

  18. Posted September 12, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    very well written and very enriching.

  19. Posted September 13, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Its nice to have a refreshing read. Thanks.

  20. Posted September 13, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I never stopped to think about Sunday. I see it as a “rich”day with a lot of history,
    Great article

  21. Posted September 13, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Very interesting Sunday trivia.

  22. Posted September 13, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Another interesting trivia JM. Congratulations! 6 out of 10 in the popular articles list here at Purpleslinky. A great achievement!

  23. Posted September 14, 2010 at 1:32 am

    JM…Great job…lots of well-researched facts to prove that Sunday is far more than just a day on a calendar…I really enjoyed this and you have whet my appetite to find out more about the rest of the days of the week…I voted I like it…thanks

  24. Posted September 14, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Thank you friends for your kind comments. I hadn’t noticed that Brewed Coffee. Thanks – it made my day! :-)

  25. Posted September 18, 2010 at 4:50 am

    some of these are new to me… learned something new today….

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