How to Determine Name of the Day in the Week
steven at REMOVE.THIS.cybersource.com.au
Thu Sep 18 07:01:33 CEST 2008
On Wed, 17 Sep 2008 20:34:02 -0700, Mensanator wrote:
> And technically, weeks begin on Sunday, not Monday, but business likes
> to think of Monday as day 0 of the week and it doesn't conflict with any
> prior date format.
There's no "technically" about it. It's an arbitrary starting point, and
consequently there are different traditions to it, even in English.
Besides, I don't think many businesses think of "day 0" at all. Most
people outside of IT start counting from 1, not 0.
In British Commonwealth countries, Sunday is the last day of the week,
not the first, although under American influence that's changing in
Australia at least.
In Poland, the week begins with Monday ("poniedziałek"). Tuesday,
"wtorek", means "second day". Other Slavic countries also start with
Similarly, the Lithuanian calendar simple enumerates the days of the
week, starting with Monday, "pirmadienis" ("first day").
In China, there are at least three different systems of naming the week
days. In two of them, the week starts with Sunday, but in the third
system, Sunday is "zhoumo" ("cycle's end") and Monday is zhouyi ("first
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