Have you celebrated Oden's day lately?
This is a blog post bound to get me into trouble, but I will write it anyway. ;-) From time to time, I see bumper stickers saying, "Keep Christ in Christmas." I don't mean to offend my devotely Christian friends - some will probably take it personally and be upset anyway - but to me that saying is kinda funny.
|Pope Julius I|
Alright, now I've probably made at least half of the US froth with fury, and that was not my intention. Back on track... My point is that whatever you celebrate should come from the heart, and not from a word, or because someone else tells you it's right.
When it comes to my own country and language, we call the midwinter holiday "Jul". Sweden is very secular, and you can believe whatever you want as long as you keep it to yourself and don't involve other people. As a Swede, I don't care if you believe in Jesus, Jahve, Allah, Shiva, Confucius, Ra, or something else, as long as you keep me out of it. (It doesn't work like that in America, and this is the aspect of life in the US I personally have the most trouble with.)
|I want one of these bumper stickers!|
|Oden with Hugin and Munin|
|Måndag||The moon's day|
|Tisdag||Tyr's day. Tyr was the Norse God of War, amongst other things.|
|Fredag||Frej's day (God of harvest) or, some say it's Freja's day (Goddess of love)|
|Lördag||Short for "Lögardagen" - it means the day when you wash yourself, lol|
|Söndag||The sun's day|
Is there a similarity in English? What do the English weekdays mean?