Friday Facts and Trivia


A collection of facts and trivia about Friday, the fifth day of the common working week; why it is named, when the dreaded Friday 13th started, what Poets Day and TGIF have to do with it, and the songs and books that are named after it.

The word ‘Friday’ was derived from:
• Old English ‘frigedæg’ - Freya’s day
• Latin ‘dies Veneris’ - Venus’s day
• Ancient Greek ‘hemera Aphrodites’ - day of Aphrodite
Freya is the Teutonic goddess of love, beauty, and prolific procreation; Venus is the Roman goddess of love and beauty, and Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love and beauty.

Other Common Names
• ‘Black Friday’ refers to any one of several historical disasters that happened on
any Friday and it is also the nickname of the day after Thanksgiving, the first day
of the traditional Christmas shopping season.
• ‘Casual Friday’ is a relaxation of the formal dress code employed by some
corporations for that one day of the week.
• Poets Day is a term used by workers in the United Kingdom and Australia to refer to Friday being the last day of the work week. It commonly stands for - Piss Off Early Tomorrow’s Saturday.
• TGIF is a well known term in the western world standing for – ‘Thank God It’s

Health and Colour
The ancient system of health care called Ayurveda which centres on holistic health recommends wearing light blue and being around light blue flowers on this day of the week.

Songs named after this day include:
• Friday On My Mind – The Easybeats
• Friday I’m In Love – The Cure
• Friday – Goldspot
• Friday's Child - Nancy Sinatra

If you were born on a Friday, the nursery rhyme of Mother Goose, states that you would be ‘loving and giving’, and fiction books with Friday in the title include:
• Friday - Robert A. Heinlein
• Friday - Michel Tournier
• Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor - Lisa Kleypas
• Our Man Friday - Claire Thompson

‘Good Friday’ is the Friday before Easter in the Christian calendar. It commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus.

‘Friday Night Football’ is the broadcasting of both the National Rugby League (NRL) and Australian Football League (AFL) matches on television on Friday nights.

Friday the 13th
In modern times ‘Friday the 13th’ is considered to be especially unlucky due to the conjunction of Friday with the unlucky number thirteen. ‘Friday the 13th’ is an American horror franchise that consists of twelve slasher films, a television show, novels, comic books, and tie-in merchandise. It is interesting to note that the claim that Friday the 13th is inauspicious is largely a 20th century phenomenon and not bathed in history.

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