It’s Monday Morning; needless to mention that the weekend is over. It had only begun on Friday evening and even before I could feel its weekend; its over..
often I would tease mom with this number and add she was the “sexy lone baby”
Well! Here it is another complete week i.e., 5 (or 6 days as with few people); time standing on the clock to strike 120 or 144 hours of slogging (?!)
This is how my day has been so far. I just had to handover a few documents to one of the employees and he is off for his work. My employer is keeping busy with some of his other pre- occupation so I have all the time of the day with me.. J
Back in school, we hated so much to wake up after an off and most of the times it happened on a Monday.. No matter how well we may have enjoyed our Summer and winter vacations, we never quite liked the idea of getting up and getting dressed for the school.. We hated Monday- and we still hate Monday. Poor Monday, he seems to be depressed for its occurrence after a Sunday.
For a change, I started my week today in a welcome mood; I mean not in a Monday mood, and the day surprised me with no- work for today. Yes, I yawn at the thought of one but am fine otherwise. It seems nice to not call the already destitute Monday anymore names.. Maybe this is how it rewarded me. It’s a Monday who makes us realize the worth of a weekend and a Sunday. The Monday takes all the blame up onto itself and let bask Sunday in Prime Glory. Now, that doesn’t seem very balanced, does it? Most often than not, it’s this mute day that sets the pace for the week. It’s a start of a week; and hence it needs to with loads of enthusiasm and best of intentions to set your plans rolling.
Fasting, on Mondays begins at sunrise and ends at sunset. On such days, food is only eaten after saying evening prayers. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are worshipped; of course, no worship begins without remembering Lord Ganesha (My Ganshu Darling). The fasting on Mondays in the Shravan (July- August) month is considered even more auspicious.
It is believed that those who fast on Monday will have their desires fulfilled and will be blessed with wisdom.
In some areas, fasting on 16 and 40 continuous Mondays is observed by unmarried women to get an ideal husband.
What Is the Origin of the 7-Day Week?
- The common explanation is that the seven-day week was established as Imperial Calendar in the late Roman Empire, and furthered by the Christian church for historical reasons.
- The British Empire used the seven-day week and spread it worldwide.
- Today the seven-day week is enforced by global business and media schedules, especially television and banking.
- The first pages of the Bible explain how God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh. This seventh day became the Jewish day of rest, the sabbath, Saturday.Extra-biblical locations sometimes mentioned as the birthplace of the 7-day week include: Babylon, Persia, and several others. The week was known in Rome before the advent of Christianity.
There are practical geometrical theories as well. For eg., if you wrap a rubber band around 7 soda cans (or any other convenient circular objects). You get a perfect hexagon with the 7th can in the middle. It is the only stable configuration of wrapping more than 3 circular objects. 4, 5, and 6 objects will slip from one configuration to another.
One viable theory correlates the seven day week, to the seven (astrological) “planets” known to the ancients: Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn. The number seven does not seem to be an obvious choice to match Lunar or Solar Periods; however, a solar year could be more evenly divided into weeks of 5 days. The moon phases five-day and six-day weeks make a better short term fit (6 times 5 is 30) to the lunar (synodic) month (of about 29.53 days) than the current week (4 times 7 is 28). The seven-day week may have been chosen because its length approximates one moon phase (one quarter = 29.53 / 4 = 7.3825).
What is the System behind the Planetary Day Names?
As we saw in the previous section, the planets have given the week days their names following this order:
Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Sun
Why this particular order?
One theory goes as follows: If you order the “planets” according to either their presumed distance from Earth (assuming the Earth to be the center of the universe) or their period of revolution around the Earth, you arrive at this order: Moon, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn
Now, assign (in reverse order) these planets to the hours of the day:
1=Saturn, 2=Jupiter, 3=Mars, 4=Sun, 5=Venus, 6=Mercury, 7=Moon, 8=Saturn, 9=Jupiter, etc., 23=Jupiter, 24=Mars
Then next day will then continue where the old day left off:
1=Sun, 2=Venus, etc., 23=Venus, 24=Mercury
And the next day will go
1=Moon, 2=Saturn, etc.
If you look at the planet assigned to the first hour of each day, you will note that the planets come in this order:
Saturn, Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus
This is exactly the order of the associated week days.
So, Monday is at no fault of its own for its present state of occurrence. Look at it this way- he is the head of the week, and Sunday maybe the spoilt kid of the family. If at all, it gears us up and brings us back to the lost momentum for other important tasks of our lives. It creates a halt to the ever slumber that we so tend to get in on Friday or late Thursdays usually that would otherwise keep us intoxicated and oblivious to more serious attending that we may have taken a break from on weekends. Balance is necessary and so is to achieve and maintain. I feel it’s good to get a Monday exactly after a Sunday or a weekend. Like the elder most member of the family, it picks up the strayed one and puts him back on the track..
With that note,