Sunday, May 18

Sunrise Sunday


I recently watch a program about the moon on the Discovery Channel and do you know, the moon is slipping further away from the earth? What will happen when the gravitation pull is decreased? I watch the tide come and go everyday and I'm reminded how important our moon really is. The mating cycle of many species depend upon the moon's phases. We all feel the sun's warmth and value it's importance for light and growth but the moon is what keeps us grounded.
I vote for 'Moonday' instead of Monday, the day after Sunday.
No internet yesterday - ahh, life in Costa Rica. Pura Vida.
NOTE: You must read the comment from Beth about the origins of the days of the weeks. I was wondering if anyone would pick-up on Monday being lunes and lunar being the moon. It's all related. Thanks Beth for tying it together.
They don't capitalize the days of the weeks in Spanish (or the months).

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Monday (or "Moonday") is "lunes" in Spanish. And "moon" is "luna". Hmmm...does anyone out there know if there is a connection? Maybe I'll google it.
Beth.

Anonymous said...

An excerpt from about.spanish.com:
Gotta LOVE the internet!
Beth.

"Eventually, the first day of the week was named after the sun, followed by the moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn. The names of the week were adopted with little change throughout most of the Roman Empire and even beyond. In only a few cases were changes made.

In Spanish, the five weekdays all retained their planetary names. Those are the five days whose names end in -es, a shortening of the Latin word for "day," dies. Thus lunes comes from the word for moon (luna), and the planetary connection is also apparent with martes (Mars, Tuesday), miércoles (Mercury, Wednesday) and viernes (Venus, Friday).

The connection with Jupiter is not quite so apparent with jueves, the word for Thursday, until you remember that "Jovian" is the adjective form of Jupiter in English, coming from a Latin root.

In Spanish, that leaves the words for Saturday and Sunday that weren't adopted using the Roman naming pattern. Domingo, the word for Sunday, comes from a Latin word meaning "Lord's day." And sábado, the word for Saturday, comes from the Hebrew word Sabbath, meaning a day of rest (in Jewish and Christian tradition, God rested on the seventh day of creation)."

TICA MACHA said...

I'm so happy you found all that info. I knew Lunes had something to do with moon but the rest of the days of the week is totally interesting. Words/names always come from somewhere.
Thanks again for sharing your research, Teri
(finally have internet again, it's been out since Sunday)