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Friday n : the sixth day of the week; the fifth working day [syn: Fri]

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  • , /ˈfraɪdeɪ/, /"fraIdeI/ or , /ˈfraɪdi/, /"fraIdi/
  • Rhymes: -aɪdeɪ, -aɪdi

Proper noun

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  1. The sixth day of the week in the USA, and the fifth day of the week in Europe and in systems using the ISO 8601 norm; the Biblical sixth day of a week, the day before the sabbath, or "day of preparation" in preparation for the Sabbath; it follows Thursday and precedes Saturday.
day of the week


  1. on Friday


  • Irish: Dé hAoine

Extensive Definition

Friday (pronunciation ) is the day of the week falling between Thursday and Saturday. It is the sixth day in countries that adopt a Sunday-first convention. In ISO 8601, in work-based customs, and in countries adopting Monday-first conventions, it is considered the fifth day of the week. (See Days of the week for more on the different conventions.)
In most countries with a five-day work week, Friday is the last workday before the weekend and is, therefore, viewed as a cause for celebration or relief. In some offices, employees are allowed to wear less formal attire on Fridays, known as Casual Friday or Dress-Down Friday. In Saudi Arabia, however, Friday is the last day of the weekend and Saturday is the first workday. Moreover, in Israel, Friday is the first day of the weekend, and Sunday is the first workday.


The name Friday comes from the Old English frigedæg, meaning the day of Frige the Anglo-Saxon form of Frigg, a West Germanic translation of Latin dies Veneris, "day (of the planet) Venus." However, in most Germanic languages the day is named after Freyja—such as Frīatag in Old High German, Freitag in Modern German, Freyjudagr in Old Norse,Föstudagur in Icelandic, Vrijdag in Dutch, Fredag in Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish—but Freyja and Frigg are frequently identified with each other.
The word for Friday in most Romance languages is derived from Latin dies Veneris, "day (of the planet) Venus" (a translation of Greek Aphrodites hemera) such as vendredi in French, venerdì in Italian, viernes in Spanish, and vineri in Romanian. In most of the Indian languages, Friday is Shukravar (or a derived variation of Sukravar), named for Shukra, the Sanskrit name of the planet Venus. Russian uses an ordinal number for this day of the week-- piatnítsa, meaning "fifth." Similarly, the Portuguese is sexta-feira, the sixth day.


In astrology Friday is connected with the planet Venus. This associates Friday with love, peace, and relaxation, as well as with emotional intensity and quashed dreams. It is also connected with the Astrological signs Libra and Taurus.


In some cultures, Friday is considered unlucky, especially Friday the 13th. This is particularly so in maritime circles; perhaps the most enduring sailing superstition is that it is unlucky to begin a voyage on a Friday. In one myth a Royal Navy ship (HMS Friday) was laid down on a Friday, launched on a Friday, captained by a Captain Friday, and was never heard of again.
As told by comedian Dave Allen on the BBC in the 1970s, however, this superstition is not universal, notably in Scottish Gaelic culture:
"Though Friday has always been held an unlucky day in many Christian countries, still in the Hebrides it is supposed that it is a lucky day for sowing the seed. Good Friday in particular is a favourite day for potato planting—even strict Roman Catholics make a point of planting a bucketful on that day. Probably the idea is that as the Resurrection followed the Crucifixion, and Burial so too in the case of the seed, and after death will come life." (Reference: Dwelly’s [Scottish] Gaelic Dictionary (1911): Di-haoine)

Statistical anomaly

The use of the Gregorian calendar and its leap year system results in a small statistical anomaly, that the 13th of any month is slightly more likely to fall on a Friday than any of the other seven days. The figures are 688/4800 (43/300) which is .1433333..., being just slightly greater than 1 in 7.
After the United States acquired Alaska from Russia in 1867, Friday October 6 was immediately followed by Friday October 18, adjusting to the adoption of the 1582 Gregorian calendar changes by the British colonies in 1752, and the shifting of the International Date Line. Prior to that change, Alaska began Russia's day, with the date line following the partially-defined border between Russian Alaska and British North America, including the colony of British Columbia.

Religious observances

The Jewish Sabbath begins at sunset on Friday and lasts until nightfall on Saturday.
In Christianity Good Friday is the Friday before Easter. It commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus.
Traditionally, Roman Catholics were obliged to refrain from eating the meat of land animals on Fridays, although fish was allowed. Since the Second Vatican Council, abstention from meat is restricted to Fridays in Lent, as well as Ash Wednesday. Roman Catholic canon law still requires Catholics to practice a work of penance for all Fridays throughout the year, whether abstinence from meat or other food, or some work of charity or other pious exercise. Some Traditionalist Catholics voluntarily continue to practice every-Friday abstinence. Some Anglo-Catholics also practice abstinence either on all Fridays or on Fridays in Lent. More generally, traditional Anglican Prayer Books prescribe weekly Friday abstinence for all Anglicans
The Eastern Orthodox Church continues to observe Fridays (as well as Wednesdays) as fast days throughout the year (with the exception of several fast-free periods during the year. Fasting on 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 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, 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 Theotokia (hymns to the Mother of God) which are chanted on Wednesdays and Fridays called Stavrotheotokia ("Cross-Theotokia"). The dismissal at the end of services on Fridays begin with the words: "May Christ our true God, through the power of the precious and life-giving cross...."
Quakers traditionally refer to Friday as "Sixth Day" eschewing the pagan origins of the name. In Slavic countries, it is called "Fifth Day" (Polish , Russian – pyatnitsa).
In Islam, Friday is the day of public worship in mosques (see Jumu'ah). In some Islamic countries, the week begins on Sunday and ends on Saturday, just like the Jewish and Christian week. In most other Islamic countries, such as Saudi Arabia and Iraq, the week begins on Saturday and ends on Friday. Friday is also the day of rest in the Bahá'í Faith.
In Thailand, the color associated with Friday is blue, see Thai solar calendar.


Paraskeva and Parasceve redirect here, for the saint, see Paraskevi.
Parasceve (Greek paraskevé) seems to have supplanted the older term, prosábbaton 'pre-sabbath', used in the translation of Judith, viii, 6, and in the title –not to be found in Hebrew– of Psalm 92 (93). It became, among Hellenistic Jews, the name for Friday, and was adopted by Greek ecclesiastical writers after the writing of "The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles". Apparently it was first applied by the Jews to the afternoon of Friday, then to the whole day, its etymology pointing to the "preparations" to be made for the Sabbath, as indicated in the King James Bible, where the Greek word is translated by "Day of Preparation". That the regulations of the Law might be minutely observed, it was made imperative to have on the Parasceve, three meals of the choicest food laid ready before sunset (the Sabbath beginning on Friday night); it was forbidden to undertake in the afternoon of the sixth day any business which might extend to the Sabbath; Augustus relieved the Jews from certain legal duties from the ninth hour (Josephus, "Antiq. Jud.", XVI, vi, 2).
Parasceve seems to have been applied also to the eve of certain festival days of a sabbatic character. Foremost among these was the first day of the unleavened bread, Nisan 15. We learn from the Mishna (Pesach., iv, 1, 5) that the Parasceve of the Pasch, on whatever day of the week it fell, was kept even more religiously than the ordinary Friday, in Judaea work ceasing at noon, and in Galilee the whole day being free. In the schools the only question discussed regarding this particular Parasceve was, when should the rest commence: Shammai said from the very beginning of the day (evening of Nisan 13); Hillel said only from after sunrise (morning of Nisan 14).
The use of the word Parasceve in the Gospels raises the question concerning the actual day of Christ's crucifixion. All the Evangelists state that Jesus died on the day of the Parasceve (Matthew 27:62; Mark 15:42; Luke 23:54; John 19:14, 31), and there can be no doubt from Luke 23:54-56 and John 19:31, that this was Friday, but on what day of the month of Nisan did that particular Friday fall? Saint John distinctly points to Nisan 14, while the Synoptics, by implying that the Last Supper was the Paschal meal, convey the impression that Jesus was crucified on Nisan 15. But this is hardly reconcilable with the following facts: after the Supper, he and his disciples left the city, as also did the men detailed to arrest him–this, on Nisan 15, would have been contrary to Exodus 12:22; the next morning the Jews had not yet eaten the Passover; moreover, during that day the Council convened; Simon was apparently coming from work (Luke 23:26); Jesus and the two robbers were executed and were taken down from the crosses; Joseph of Arimathea bought fine linen (Mark 15:46), and Nicodemus brought "a mixture of myrrh and aloes about an hundred pound weight" (John 19:39) for the burial; lastly the women prepared spices for the embalming of the Saviour's body (Luke 23:55)–all things which would have been a desecration on Nisan 15. Most commentators, whether they think the Last Supper to have been the Paschal meal or an anticipation thereof, hold that Christ, as Saint John states, was crucified on the Parasceve of the Pasch, Friday, Nisan 14.

Named days

  • Good Friday is the Friday before Easter in the Christian calendar. It commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus.
  • Black Friday refers to any one of several historical disasters that happened on Fridays.
  • In the United States, Black Friday is also the nickname of the day after Thanksgiving, the first official day of the Christmas shopping season when most commercial businesses gain enough profit to come out of overall loss (out of the "red" and into the "black") for the year.
  • Casual Friday (also called Dress-down Friday or Aloha Friday) is a relaxation of the formal dress code employed by some corporations for that one day of the week.


Friday in Afrikaans: Vrydag
Friday in Tosk Albanian: Freitag
Friday in Amharic: ዓርብ
Friday in Old English (ca. 450-1100): Frīgedæg
Friday in Arabic: الجمعة
Friday in Franco-Provençal: Devendro
Friday in Asturian: Vienres
Friday in Azerbaijani: Cümə
Friday in Bengali: শুক্রবার
Friday in Belarusian (Tarashkevitsa): Пятніца
Friday in Bosnian: Petak
Friday in Breton: Gwener (deiz)
Friday in Bulgarian: Петък
Friday in Catalan: Divendres
Friday in Chuvash: Эрнекун
Friday in Cebuano: Biyernes
Friday in Czech: Pátek
Friday in Corsican: Vennari
Friday in Welsh: Dydd Gwener
Friday in Danish: Fredag
Friday in German: Freitag
Friday in Estonian: Reede
Friday in Modern Greek (1453-): Παρασκευή
Friday in Erzya: Сюконьчи
Friday in Spanish: Viernes
Friday in Esperanto: Vendredo
Friday in Basque: Ostiral
Friday in Ewe: Fiɖagbe
Friday in Persian: آدینه
Friday in Faroese: Fríggjadagur
Friday in French: Vendredi
Friday in Western Frisian: Freed
Friday in Friulian: Vinars
Friday in Irish: Aoine
Friday in Gan Chinese: 禮拜五
Friday in Scottish Gaelic: Di-haoine
Friday in Galician: Venres
Friday in Korean: 금요일
Friday in Armenian: Ուրբաթ
Friday in Hindi: शुक्रवार
Friday in Croatian: Petak
Friday in Indonesian: Jumat
Friday in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Venerdi
Friday in Icelandic: Föstudagur
Friday in Italian: Venerdì
Friday in Hebrew: יום שישי
Friday in Javanese: Jemuwah
Friday in Kannada: ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ
Friday in Georgian: პარასკევი
Friday in Kazakh: Жұма
Friday in Cornish: Dy' Gwener
Friday in Kirghiz: Жума
Friday in Swahili (macrolanguage): Ijumaa
Friday in Haitian: Vandredi
Friday in Kurdish: În
Friday in Ladino: Viernes
Friday in Latin: Dies Veneris
Friday in Latvian: Piektdiena
Friday in Luxembourgish: Freideg
Friday in Lithuanian: Penktadienis
Friday in Lombard: Vendredí
Friday in Hungarian: Péntek
Friday in Macedonian: Петок
Friday in Malay (macrolanguage): Jumaat
Friday in Dutch: Vrijdag
Friday in Dutch Low Saxon: Vriedag
Friday in Nepali: शुक्रवार
Friday in Japanese: 金曜日
Friday in Neapolitan: Viernarì
Friday in Norwegian: Fredag
Friday in Norwegian Nynorsk: Fredag
Friday in Narom: Vendrédi
Friday in Occitan (post 1500): Divendres
Friday in Uzbek: Juma
Friday in Central Khmer: ថ្ងៃសុក្រ
Friday in Low German: Freedag
Friday in Polish: Piątek
Friday in Portuguese: Sexta-feira
Friday in Kölsch: Friidaach
Friday in Romanian: Vineri
Friday in Quechua: Ch'askachaw
Friday in Russian: Пятница
Friday in Scots: Friday
Friday in Albanian: E premtja
Friday in Simple English: Friday
Friday in Slovak: Piatok
Friday in Church Slavic: Пѧтъкъ
Friday in Slovenian: Petek
Friday in Somali: Jimco
Friday in Serbian: Петак
Friday in Serbo-Croatian: Petak
Friday in Sundanese: Jumaah
Friday in Finnish: Perjantai
Friday in Swedish: Fredag
Friday in Tagalog: Biyernes
Friday in Tatar: Comğa
Friday in Thai: วันศุกร์
Friday in Vietnamese: Thứ Sáu
Friday in Tok Pisin: Fraide
Friday in Turkish: Cuma
Friday in Ukrainian: П'ятниця
Friday in Urdu: جمعہ
Friday in Venetian: Vènere
Friday in Võro: Riidi
Friday in Walloon: Vénrdi
Friday in Yiddish: פרייטיק
Friday in Yoruba: Ọjọ́ Ẹtì
Friday in Contenese: 星期五
Friday in Zamboanga Chavacano: Viernes
Friday in Samogitian: Pėnktadėinis
Friday in Chinese: 星期五
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