Tuesday Facts and Trivia


A collection of facts and trivia about Tuesday, the second day of the common working week; why it is named, what certain countries celebrate on this day, it’s popularity as a birth name, and the songs and books that are named after it.

The word ‘Tuesday’ was derived from:
• Old English ‘tiwesdaeg’
• Latin ‘dies Martis’- day of Mars
• Ancient Greek ‘hemera Areos’ - day of Ares
Tiu is the English / Germanic god of war and the sky. Mars is the Roman god of war and Ares is the Greek god of war.

Popular First Name
One in every 234,068 Americans is named, Tuesday. The popularity of the name
accounts for 4.27 people per million and it is increasing by 11 people every year.

Health and Colour
As Tuesday represents the planet Mars, primarily red in colour, the ancient system of health care called Ayurveda which centres on holistic health recommends wearing red and being around red flowers on this day of the week.

Songs named after Tuesday include:
• Ruby Tuesday – The Rolling Stones
• Sweet Tuesday Morning – Bad Finger
• Barely Out Of Tuesday – Counting Crows

If you were born on a Tuesday the nursery rhyme of Mother Goose states that you would be ‘full of grace’, and fiction books with Tuesday in the title include:
• Tuesday - David Wiesner
• Tuesdays With Morrie - Mitch Albom
• Grim Tuesday - Garth Nix

All Catholic and some Protestant countries traditionally call the day before Ash
Wednesday, ‘Fat Tuesday’. The name predated the Reformation and referred to the common Christian tradition of eating special rich foods before the fasting season of Lent. In the United Kingdom and Ireland ‘Shrove Tuesday’ is often known as ‘Pancake Day’ or ‘Pancake Tuesday’.

Horse Racing
Melbourne Cup Day is Australia's most famous Tuesday. At 3.00 pm AEST, on the first Tuesday of every November, Australians everywhere stop for one of the world's most famous horse races - the Melbourne Cup. It's a day when the nation stops whatever it's doing to listen to the race call or watch the race on TV.

Federal elections in the United States take place on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. This date was established by a law of 1845 for presidential elections; in 1875 for the House of Representatives and 1914 for the Senate. Tuesday was the earliest day of the week which was practical for polling in the early nineteenth century because citizens would need to travel for a whole day to cast their vote and not wish to leave on Sunday; a day of worship for the majority of them.

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