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"Monday is the first day of the week, according to the international standard for the representation of dates and times ISO 8601. However, in the United States and Canada, Sunday is considered to be the start of the week. This is because of religious reasons."

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@neauoire Glad that my intuitive use of Monday as the first day of the week is in line with my stance on the church lol. I was talking with an older guy from work recently that was telling me about the Sundays with all businesses closed in Quebec up to 1984 for religious reasons. The more you look into the colonial history of the Us and Canada the more the church shows up

@ritualdust The first day of the week (for most), Sunday has been set aside as the 'day of the sun' since ancient Egyptian times in honor of the sun-god, beginning with Ra. The Egyptians passed their idea of a 7-day week onto the Romans, who also started their week with the Sun's day, dies solis. When translated into early German, the first day was called sunnon-dagaz, which made its way into Middle English as sone(n)day.

@neauoire That's actually fascinating. I really like the idea of days linked to planets, we can see a lot of remnants of that in french :)

@ritualdust Lunedi, Marsedi, Mercrudi, Jupedi, Venudi, Saturdi et Soledi.

@neauoire I actually base some of my weekly routine on the old pagan associations of those days, it's a fun practice :)

@neauoire @ritualdust I wonder how long the actual days of the week cycle has been kept going without adding or removing days. I suspect since at least early Roman times. The Romans repeatedly made a mess of the calendar but I've never read anything about them mucking up the weeks. I doubt the Roman Catholic Church would have broken it since.

@neauoire Alcohol sales are prohibited on Sunday's in some parta of usa still. Because of Christianity. The quote saying for religious reasons is not accurate enough. It's Christians. Not some other religion. Don't pass the blame to Buddah, all you Jesus! 😆

@neauoire North American people apparently finding unexpected difficulty in the phrase "on the seventh day he rested" 😊

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You miss some detail. Jews rest on the 7th day, Christians gather on the 1st, the day of the resurrection. So yes, Sunday is not actually part of the weekend. But it's convenient. 😎

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