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Yamara 05:11, 27 April 2008 (UTC)

Freyr & Freyja[edit]

Friday is the day of the week between Thursday and Saturday. Its name is derived from the Saxon god Freyja, whose Norse equivalent is Freyr.

Surely, this should be Freya, not Freyr?

Freyja and Freya are female fertility godesses (and redirecting to the same page on Wikipedia).

Freyr is a male fertility god (and the brother of Freya)

Indeed. Norse mythology includes both the male Freyr and the female Freya. They are two distinct deities. - Alltat (talk) 22:52, 30 October 2009 (UTC)

Robinson Crusoe[edit]

I thought Friday (In Robinson Crusoe) was a native who escaped from cannibals. Are you sure he was a cannibal himself? --BozMo|talk 15:34, 22 Jun 2004 (UTC)

Yup, he was a cannibal who was captured by and escaped from other cannibals. AxelBoldt 20:06, 18 Mar 2005 (UTC)


"The name Friday comes from the Old English frigedæg, meaning the day of Frige, the Norse god of beauty."

Surely if it's an Old English name then she's an Old English goddess, not a Norse goddess.

Yes, I agree, this does not make good sense, especially since the name referenced is 'Frige', being the Old English name, not the Old Norse 'Frigg'. In any case, describing an apparently unversally Germanic goddess as 'Norse' in an article which has nothing to do especially with Norse history is at best inaccurate. Describing her as an Old English goddess would be in context and appropriate to the name, but similarly a deceptively exclusionary characterisation. I propose to change this to "Germanic goddess" in light of this --Yst 22:23, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

Can't make up its mind[edit]

This article cannot make up its mind as to whom, Friday derives its name. Frige (though sharing many attributes with the Norse Goddess Freyja, is actually the Anglo-Saxon version of Frigga (or Frigg), who was Queen of the Norse pantheon. I have changed a bit so hopefully it sounds better. I still think it needs work though...and possibly more research! If it means anything, I would say that in the UK the name is indeed from Frige, and not Freo (who is the Anglo-Saxon Freyja really!) whereas the other Germanic nations do indeed name it after Freyja.

Regards, Sigurd Dragon Slayer

Friday in Japanese[edit]

The "money day" definition of the Japanese word Friday is controversial. The Japanese word 金曜日(Friday) comes from 金星(Venus, Literally: the Gold/Metal Star) among the seven celestial bodies Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn which stand for the seven weekdays (see 七曜). In the Eastern culture, The concept of the five elements of the world (Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth) and the origin of the world (Sun and Moon) led to the naming of the celestial bodies and the weekdays.

Name English Literal meaning
水星 Mercury the Water Star
金星 Venus the Gold/Metal Star
火星 Mars the Fire Star
木星 Jupiter the Wood Star
土星 Saturn the Earth Star

—The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 10:11, 5 January 2007 (UTC).

The number of days in a week[edit]

"The 13th of any month is slightly more likely to fall on a Friday than any of the other seven days."

This must be the source of the Beatles' song "Eight Days a Week." . . . 20:13, 14 July 2007 (UTC)

"Surname of many inhabitants?"[edit]

In the paragraph about the purchase of Alaska and the shifting of the international date line, is says "Friday is also the surname of many inhabitants that have a tendency to change their image and personalities." What the hell is this supposed to mean, and is there any reason not to delete it? Kaleja 17:41, 19 October 2007 (UTC)

The picture is of Idunn, not Frige[edit]

The picture used for this article is Idunn, which is incorrect if the picture is meant to be of Frige (Frigg).

Unsourced statement removed[edit]


Friday is the last day of the week, leading to the weekend. It is pronounced Fry-day, or if you're Rebecca Black, Fried-egg....will someone please tell her to just pick a damn seat already? == I have removed the following statement as it has been marked "citation needed" for many months:

  • when Judas left the table, the disciples imagined he was going to buy the things which were needed for the feast (John 13:29)–a purchase which was impossible if the feast had begun

If anyone can find a source for it, feel free to re-add the statement. —Angr If you've written a quality article... 19:06, 27 December 2007 (UTC)

There have been many Movies, Books, and even songs written about Friday. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:21, 3 April 2011 (UTC)


I've "been bold" and deleted this section whole as:

  • 1. In places, it is weasely to the point of meaninglessness.
  • 2. It is excruciatingly badly written, in fact I think I almost detect the "Theological textbook" style. I have very real doubts as to whether it is not largely "cut and pasted" from such a source, which would make it copyright.
  • 3. It has been for several years (justifiably) peppered with tags that nobody has addressed.
  • 4. Finally - and this for me is the clincher - most if not all the "good" information is now (if it wasn't before) contained in the current "religious observance" and "etymology" sections.
  • 5. You could even perhaps work in an undue weight or notability issue or two!

--Soundofmusicals (talk) 02:20, 25 January 2012 (UTC)

The "northern" Venus[edit]

Describing one of several (perhaps quite different) goddesses associated with the name of "our" day in various "Northern" languages (including English of course) as broadly equivalent to Venus is accurate in this context (as opposed to this article, for instance, where we are endeavouring to be precise as one can be about such things). In spite of the very inexact "equivalence" - Frigg is at least as closely equivalent to Hera - this is relevant due to the close (and trans-cultural) association of Friday with the Goddess (and, astrologically, the planet). --Soundofmusicals (talk) 23:47, 16 June 2012 (UTC)

I see what you're saying, but this is just plainly inaccurate. First of all, the Germanic peoples, of course, were not the only "northern" peoples. Secondly, we cannot assume anything about Frige, and it's far too complicated a matter to simply say she was the equivalent of Venus. It needs to stay out; all we can say is that interpretatio germanica led to her being equivocated with Venus in this context. :bloodofox: (talk) 04:43, 17 June 2012 (UTC)

Gregorian calendar[edit]

For a discussion on the claim about the Gregorian calendar that I keep deleting, see Talk:Monday#First day of the week. -- Dr Greg  talk  13:01, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

Friday in folklore[edit]

The article correctly states that Friday is sometimes considered an unlucky day. On the other hand, the day is associated with Freya or Venus, and this influence is traditionally considered benign. Hadn't Friday been a lucky day in ancient times, only to become an unlucky day under Christian influence?

Steinbach (talk) 22:32, 13 January 2017 (UTC)

Sunday is not a Weekend day if Friday is[edit]

There are two days (or in some countries only one!) in the weekend. Sunday can only be part of the weekend if either Saturday (or perhaps Monday) is. If Friday is the first day of the weekend (it is in some places) that makes Sunday part of the working week. Sorry - but in spite of this being made clear in the body of the article, someone seems to be obsessed with adding Sunday to a weekend starting with Friday, and in the lead! --Soundofmusicals (talk) 18:22, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

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