May 19, 2022

Thursday is the fourth day of the week, which is between Wednesday and Friday. According to some conventions, Thursdays in a year determine the number of weeks: the first week is defined as the week that contains the first Thursday of the year, and so on. In the United Kingdom, all general elections since 1935 have been held on Thursdays and this has become a tradition, although not a legal obligation - which means that elections can be held on any day "except Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, Great Thursday, Good Friday, public holidays in any part of the United Kingdom and any day provided for public gratitude and mourning. " The explanation sometimes given for the fact that Thursday is election day is that it was, in most cities, a traditional market day, although the election is also known to have practical advantages - election results are known on Friday, so new or existing the administration has a weekend to organize in preparation for the government on Monday, the first day of the new week after the election. In Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Arthur Dent says: "It must be Thursday. "I never liked that day." A few minutes later, planet Earth is destroyed. Thor, after whom the day is named in Germanic languages, appears later in the hitchhiking series of books and other Adams books. In the Hindu religion, Thursday is the day of the Guru or guruvar.

Named days

Holy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter, traditionally the day of cleansing. Black Thursday refers to October 24, 1929, when stock prices on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) fell sharply, with a record amount of nearly 13 million shares - a size that will not exceed 39 years. This collapse marked the beginning of the Great Depression. (NYSE)


External links

Where Thursday Got Its Name Archived on the Wayback Machine website (June 28, 2005)