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First day of the week is Sunday, isn't it?

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Greythorne Sun 10-Apr-11 22:51:00

Argument with a friend about the first day of the week.

I say Sunday.

He says Monday.

I tried to explain it (pretty fuzzy, something about the first day of the week being day of worship but felt on shaky ground) and couldn't but remain convinced it is Sunday.

MN jury?

hocuspontas Sun 10-Apr-11 22:56:32

Barney sings 'Sunday Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday Friday Saturdayyyy' (to the tune of My Darling Clementine) so whatever he says is right.

Monty27 Sun 10-Apr-11 22:57:40

Hocus - grin

Sunday is the first day of the week.

Greythorne Sun 10-Apr-11 22:59:43

Who is Barney?

hocuspontas Sun 10-Apr-11 23:01:46

Dinosaur. American. Purple. Sings great songs. grin

OnEdge Sun 10-Apr-11 23:02:12

na its Monday

OnEdge Sun 10-Apr-11 23:02:57

Sunday = week^end^

jellycat Sun 10-Apr-11 23:04:03

na it's Sunday!

jaggythistle Sun 10-Apr-11 23:04:36

definitely Monday.

paulapantsdown Sun 10-Apr-11 23:04:44

Sunday is the 1st day, Saturday the last.
for deffo

hmc Sun 10-Apr-11 23:05:56

Does it not depend upon whether you are a Christian or not?
i explanation here

NetworkGuy Mon 11-Apr-11 00:44:36

I've seen software provide the user with a choice, so don't think one can claim a firm rule (and even less so if religion is used as a reason!)

tribpot Mon 11-Apr-11 00:46:35

I say Monday.

piprabbit Mon 11-Apr-11 00:52:50

Monday is the first day of the week.
The world was created in 6 days and on the 7th day God rested. That would be Sunday - the end of the working week.

Or so I was told when I was small. Now I am a SAHM all the days seem pretty much the same to me grin.

Insert1x50p Mon 11-Apr-11 01:12:18

"Does it not depend upon whether you are a Christian or not?"

Get's even more confusing if you're a Middle Eastern Muslim. In Saudi, the weekend is Thurs/Fri. In the UAE it's Friday/Saturday, so if you live in Dubai, Sunday is the first day of the working week.

FizzyMakeFeelNice Mon 11-Apr-11 01:12:43

I always think Sunday is part of the week*end* so therefore it is the lsat day of the week.

WorzselMummage Mon 11-Apr-11 02:03:04

Monday is the start of the week, Sunday is the end!

maizieD Mon 11-Apr-11 16:44:04

The world was created in 6 days and on the 7th day God rested. That would be Sunday - the end of the working week.

This is the Jewish creation story. The Jews celebrate the Sabbath (the day on which God rested) on Saturday. So if you are going to be biblical you'll have to go with Sunday as the first day of the week.

EllenJane1 Mon 18-Apr-11 00:27:35

I have always thought of weekends being like bookends, so Saturday is the end of the week, and Sunday the start.

inkyfingers Mon 18-Apr-11 18:07:31

Old calendars will show Sunday as first day.

itchycoopark Mon 18-Apr-11 18:10:20

It is technically Sunday

Oxbridge terms and weeks start on a Sunday. Gets quite confusing.

I think of it as MOnday being the first day though

nickelbaalamb Tue 19-Apr-11 15:48:32

It's definitely Sunday, no matter what the working world thinks.

Sunday starts the week, Saturday ends it.

(in the old days, people normally worked on Saturdays, so you can't class Saturday as the weekend)

nickelbaalamb Tue 19-Apr-11 15:49:44

yup, Jewish creation story has Saturday being the day of rest, or Sabbath.

BehindLockNumberNine Tue 19-Apr-11 15:51:40

But Sunday is part of the weekend, which, as it's name suggests comes at the end of the week.... confused

I was always told that the weeks starts on a Monday by my parents (as we were serious atheists) and that religious people say the week starts on a Sunday.

BehindLockNumberNine Tue 19-Apr-11 15:52:31

I was told by my parents, not the week was started by my parents... hmm

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