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The god Woden, after whom 'Wednesday' was named. "Odin, the Wanderer" 1886 by Georg von Rosen (1843-1923)
The god Woden, after whom 'Wednesday' was named. "Odin, the Wanderer" 1886 by Georg von Rosen (1843-1923)

Wednesday is the third day of the week in most western countries and the fourth day of the week in the Christian calendar, between Tuesday and Thursday. The name comes from the Middle English Wednes dei, which is from Old English Wēdnes dæg, meaning the day of the Germanic god Woden (Wodan) who was a god of the Anglo-Saxons in England until about the 7th century. Wēdnes dæg is like the Old Norse Oðinsdagr ("Odin's day"), which is an early translation of the Latin dies Mercurii ("Mercury's day"), though Mercury (the messenger of the gods) and Woden (the king of the Germanic gods) are not equivalent in most regards. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (500x733, 96 KB) Georg von Rosen - Oden som vandringsman, 1886 (Odin, the Wanderer) Artwork from 1886 by Georg von Rosen (1843-1923). ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (500x733, 96 KB) Georg von Rosen - Oden som vandringsman, 1886 (Odin, the Wanderer) Artwork from 1886 by Georg von Rosen (1843-1923). ... Look up day in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For more details on each day of the week, see days of the week. ... The god Týr, identified with Mars, after whom Tuesday is named. ... The god Thor, after whom Thursday is named. ... Middle English is the name given by historical linguistics to the diverse forms of the English language spoken between the Norman invasion of 1066 and the mid-to-late 15th century, when the Chancery Standard, a form of London-based English, began to become widespread, a process aided by the... Old English redirects here. ... This is the article about the belief in Odin among West Germanic peoples, for other uses see Woden (disambiguation), Wotan (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Anglo-Saxon. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... The 7th century is the period from 601 - 700 in accordance with the Julian calendar in the Christian Era. ... Old Norse or Danish tongue is the Germanic language once spoken by the inhabitants of the Nordic countries (for instance during the Viking Age). ... For other meanings of Odin, Woden or Wotan see Odin (disambiguation), Woden (disambiguation), Wotan (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Latins and Latin (disambiguation). ... Mercury is a god, also known as the god of trade, profit and commerce. ...

When Sunday is taken as the first of the week, the day in the middle of each week is Wednesday. Arising from this, the German name for Wednesday has been Mittwoch (literally: "mid-week") since the 10th Century, having displaced the former name: Wodanstag ("Wodan's day"). The Finnish name is similar: Keskiviikko (literally: "middle of the week") as is the Icelandic name: Miðvikudagur ("Mid-week day").

According to the Hebrew Bible, Wednesday is the day when the Sun and Moon were created. This article is about the term Hebrew Bible. For the Jewish scriptures see Tanakh. ... Sol redirects here. ... This article is about Earths moon. ...

Wednesday is also in the middle of the common Western 5-day working week that starts on Monday and finishes on Friday.

In Romance languages it is derived from the name of the Roman god Mercury: mercredi (French), mercoledì (Italian), miércoles (Spanish), miercuri (Romanian), dimecres (Catalan), dies Mercurii (Latin). Similarly, in most of the Indian Languages the name for Wednesday, Buddhavar is derived from the Vedic name for Mercury, Buddha. Buddha is also used in Urdu as well. Russian does not use pagan names but instead uses sredá, meaning "middle," similar to the German Mittwoch. Likewise, Portuguese uses the word quarta-feira, meaning "fourth day." The Romance languages (sometimes referred to as Romanic languages) are a branch of the Indo-European language family that comprises all the languages that descend from Latin, the language of the Roman Empire. ... A sculpture of the Roman god Mercury by 17th-century Flemish artist Artus Quellinus. ... Vedic Sanskrit is the language of the Vedas, which are the earliest sacred texts of India,. The Vedas were first passed down orally and therefore have no known date. ...

An English language idiom for Wednesday is "hump day", a reference to making it through to the middle of the work week as getting "over the hump." The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... An idiom is an expression (i. ...

In the folk rhyme, "Wednesday's child is full of woe". In another rhyme reciting the days of the week, Solomon Grundy was 'Married on Wednesday.' In Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, the disagreeable nature of the weather is attributed to it being "Winds-Day" (a play on "Wednesday"). Mondays Child is one of many fortune-telling songs, popular as nursery rhymes for children. ... Solomon Grundy is a 19th century childrens nursery rhyme, and was presented by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps in 1842. ... Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day is an animated featurette released by Walt Disney Productions on December 20, 1968. ...

Wednesday is used as a character's first or last name in several narrative works, including Thursday's fictions by Richard James Allen, Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods, and the 60's television show, The Addams Family. Richard James Allen (born 1960) is a contermporary Australian poet and dancer. ... Neil Richard Gaiman (IPA: ) (born November 10, 1960[2]) is an English author of science fiction and fantasy short stories and novels, graphic novels, comics, and films. ... American Gods is a novel by Neil Gaiman. ... The Addams Family is an American television series based on the characters in Charles Addams New Yorker cartoons. ...

A song titled "Wednesday's Song" is on the 2004 album Shadows Collide with People by John Frusciante, and "Wednesday" is the title of a song on musician Tori Amos' "Scarlet's Walk" album. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Shadows Collide with People is the fourth studio album by John Frusciante, released in 2004, conceived during the recording of By the Way. ... John Anthony Frusciante (IPA pronunciation: ) (born March 5, 1970) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer. ... Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos on August 22, 1963) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. ... Scarlets Walk is the eighth album released by singer and songwriter Tori Amos. ...


Religious observances

Quakers traditionally refer to Wednesday as "Fourth Day", eschewing the pagan origin of the name "Wednesday". Most eastern languages also use a name with this meaning, for much the same reason. Quaker redirects here. ... Pagan and heathen redirect here. ...

The Eastern Orthodox Church observe Wednesday (as well as Friday) as a fast day throughout the year (with the exception of several fast-free periods during the year). Fasting on Wednesday and Fridays entails abstinence from meat or meat products (i.e., four-footed animals), poultry and dairy products. Unless a feast day occurs on a Friday, the Orthodox also abstain from fish, from using oil in their cooking and from alcoholic beverages (there is some debate over whether abstention from oil involves all cooking oil or only olive oil). For the Orthodox, Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the year commemorate the Crucifixion of Christ and the Theotokos (Mother of God), especially as she stood by the foot of the cross. There are hymns in the Octoekhos which reflect this liturgically. These include special Theotokia (hymns to the Mother of God) called Stavrotheotokia ("Cross-Theotokia"). The dismissal at the end of services on Wednesday begins with these words: "May Christ our true God, through the power of the precious and life-giving cross...." Orthodox icon of Pentecost. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Fast Day is an obsolete American holiday, A day of public fasting and prayer, which was traditionally observed in the New England states. ... This article is about the practice of abstinence in general. ... For other uses, see Meat (disambiguation). ... Ducks amongst other poultry The Poultry-dealer, after Cesare Vecellio Poultry is the category of domesticated birds kept for meat, eggs, and feathers. ... Dairy products are generally defined as foodstuffs produced from milk. ... The calendar of saints is a traditional Christian method of organising a liturgical year on the level of days by associating each day with a saint, and referring to the day as the saints day of that saint. ... For other uses, see Fish (disambiguation). ... Alcoholic beverages are drinks containing ethanol, popularly called alcohol. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with vegetable oil. ... For the Popeye character, see Olive Oyl. ... Crucifixion of St. ... Theotokos of Kazan Theotokos (Greek: , translit. ... Russian Orthodox Icon of the Theotokos Theotokos is a Greek word that means God-bearer or Mother of God. It is a title assigned by the early Christian Church to Mary, the mother of Jesus, at the Third Ecumenical Council held at Ephesus in 431. ... The Octoechos (Greek Οκτώηχος; Slavonic: Октонхъ, Oktoikh, or Осмогласникъ, Osmoglasnik)—literally, the book of the Eight Tones—contains an eight-week cycle, providing texts to be chanted for every day at Vespers, Matins, the Divine Liturgy, Compline and (on Sundays) the Midnight Office. ... For other uses, see Hymn (disambiguation). ... In litigation, a dismissal the result of a successful motion to dismiss. ...

According to the Thai solar calendar, the color associated with Wednesday is green. The Thai solar, or Suriyakati (สุริยคติ), calendar is used in traditional and official contexts in Thailand, although the Western calendar is sometimes used in business. ...

Astrological Sign

The astrological sign of the planet Mercury represents Wednesday -- Dies Mercurii to the Romans, with similar names in Latin-derived languages, such as the French Mercredi and the Spanish Miércoles. In English, this became "Woden's Day", since the Roman god Mercury was identified with Woden in northern Europe. Hand-coloured version of the anonymous Flammarion woodcut (1888). ... This article is about the planet. ... A sculpture of the Roman god Mercury by 17th-century Flemish artist Artus Quellinus. ... Northern Europe Northern Europe is the northern part of the European continent. ...

Named days

In the Western Christian calendar, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. ... For other uses, see Lent (disambiguation). ... This article is about the Christian festival. ... is the 47th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... The ASH WEDNESDAY FIRES were a series of bush fires which occurred on February 16, 1983 in south-east Australia, resulting in a natural disaster. ... This article is about the Christian festival. ... This article is about Jesus of Nazareth. ... For other uses, see Judas. ...


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