when did we get sunday off??
  • more questions- how come diverse cultures all associate sunday with
    the sun??
    in hindhi we call it ravivar taking on the sanskrit name ravi for the
    sun- tamil ofcourse is quite obvious.

    who copied from whom. i read that the coining of the name sunday is
    given to romans - quote: Germanic-speaking nations apparently adopted
    the seven-day week from the Romans, so that the Roman dies Solis
    became Sunday (German, Sonntag), likely in reference to the Germanic
    sun goddess Sol.

    also curious to know when we tamils started observing sunday as a
    holiday?? understand the concept of sunday holiday comes from
    chirstian faith ( associated with sabbath) and friday holiday
    similarly from islam. so when did we start getting sunday off in tamil
    nadu, say during the days of pallava/chola times would people have
    worked all 7 days - does it mean big temple was build in 25 years and
    275 days of non stop work - or were they given offs /shift system.,
    just curious
  • Vijay - It's only but natural to get an off day. It
    would have been impossible for any person to work hard
    - physical labor esply without a break. Maybe they had
    a rotation break system or something.

    Cool thought though
  • So Sunday is really off :-) I need to talk with my company folks, we still live in the pallava era I guess.

    On the serious side... to establish an empire you need to work all days. There is nothing called as a break. Almost all successful people work all days. Infact Sunday's as the name goes has more energy than the remainder of days due to its association with the Sun ( I dont remember the reason well, let me refer and write later). I believe people refrained from eating meat on sundays due to the same reason, however after the western penetration into the east, things changed. Now if you reason the above, I am sure we will have a strong protest from the meat eaters/sellers association of India...
  • Those from very traditional families will probably recall the habit of
    not doing anything auspicious on Ashtami/Navami (8th & 9th days after
    full/New moon). This may be a relic from the ancient days when people
    took 2 days off of a half-lunar cycle.

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