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Days of the Week in Polish Calendar: Origin and Meaning

The origin of the names of the days of the week in Polish calendar is different than in the English calendar. The days of the week do not take their names from the planets and their gods like Sun-day or Moon-day in English calendar. The names of the week in Polish calendar are Slavic and they either signify the position of the day (its numeral value) in the calendar - for instance the fourth day (in Polish: czwarty) means Thursday (Polish: czwartek) or the activity during this day: Sunday (Polish: niedziela), comes from the word "do not do" meaning that this day is not a working day. The names of the week are not written with the capital letter in front like in English.

The week in Polish, called tydzień, starts with Monday, but the Monday name origins from Sunday... below is a detailed description

  1. Poniedzialek (Monday) - po niedzieli means "after Sunday" in Polish po niedzieli. Read the article about Easter Monday
  2. Wtorek (Tuesday) - wtory means "the second" in Polish: wtóry or drugi. Read the article about Paczki's (Pounchki) Day; Delicious Food for Fat Thursday &Tuesday
  3. Środa (Wednesday) - w środku means "in the middle" (of the week)
  4. Czwartek (Thursday) - czwarty means "the fourth", in Polish "czwarty" day of the week
  5. Piątek (Friday) - piaty means "the fifth", in Polish "piąty" day of the week. Read the article about Good Friday
  6. Sobota (Saturday) - Sabbath it originates from Jewish Sabbath like Spanish sobado or Russian subbota
  7. Niedziela (Sunday) - nie dzialać means "do not work" or "not a working day" since Sunday was a day when people did not do any physical work. Read the article about Palm Sunday
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