A collection of facts and trivia about Monday, the first day of the common working week; why it is named, how it affects our health, the number of these days we can look forward to each year, and the songs and books that are named after it.
The word ‘Monday’ was derived from:
• Old English ‘mon(an)daeg’
• Latin ‘dies lunae’
• Ancient Greek ‘hemera selenes’
These are all translated to ‘day of the moon’ and literally mean, ‘moon’s day’.
Other Common Names
The term ‘Mondayitis’ has become a popular saying among employees who work a common working week starting on Monday. In times past Monday also became known as ‘Blue Monday’, named when the first day of the week was set aside for doing laundry. Bluing was used to keep clothes white and from that product the day became known as ‘Blue Monday’. Although today Mondays are not typically set aside for laundry as they once were the term ‘Blue Monday’ still exists as many employees begin their working week after a weekend break.
Health and Colour
According to the British Medical Journal there is a reported 20% increase in heart attacks on Mondays as opposed to the other days of the week. As the colour of the moon is milky white the ancient system of health care called Ayurveda which centres on holistic health recommends wearing milky white and being around white flowers on this day of the week.
Songs named after this day include:
• Monday Monday – The Mamas and The Papas
• Monday Morning – Melanie Fiona
• Manic Monday – The Bangels
• Rainy Days and Mondays – The Carpenters
• I Don’t Like Mondays – The Boomtown Rats
If you were born on a Monday the nursery rhyme of Mother Goose states that you would be ‘fair of face’, and fiction books with Monday in the title include:
• Monday Begins on Saturday - Boris and Arkady Strugatsky
• Mister Monday - Garth Nix
• Monday Mourning - Kathy Reichs
• Monday with a Mad Genius - Mary Pope Osbourne
There are either 52 or 53 Mondays in a calendar year, depending on what day of the week a year starts. It will also depend if the year is a leap year. In 2010 and 2011 there will be 52 Mondays and there will be 53 in 2012. So if you are not looking forward to next Monday remember you are not alone, and try to look on the bright side - there are still six other days of the week in between.
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