Enjoy your day every day, even if the name of that day is a bit strange like… “feira” = market … The Portuguese use numbers and ‘feiras’ for the names of the weekdays, which breaks with the European norm (monday, martes, donnerstag…).
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK AND RELIGION
It is possible to find documents from the Middle Ages referring to the days of the week as “segunda” = monday, “terça” = tuesday… with the word ‘feria’ added as a liturgical prayer. For example, the third day after Saturday was called ‘feria tertia’. The evolution of Latin led to the current format: ‘feria tertia’ »» Terça-feira = tuesday. The given names are associated with the ancient ‘feiras’ (fairs). The exceptions are Saturday and Sunday.
WHY DOES THE WEEK START WITH “SEGUNDA-FEIRA” AND NOT WITH “FIRST-FEIRA”?
Because the first day of the week is the day of God (Sunday), which is related to the word “domini” from Latin. “Domini” means the day of God. According to Portuguese culture, the first day of the week should be dedicated to God, the creator of the world.
PRO-TIP: Many times, Portuguese people use abbreviations for the days of the week. Examples: A. segunda-feira = 2ª-feira = 2ª-f; B. terça-feira = 3ª-feira = 3ª-f
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