Since this week is Thanksgiving, I decided to have a word that related (somewhat) to Thanksgiving. Now, Thanksgiving is an American holiday that is not based on a particular date. Instead, it is determined based on the week and day. Thanksgiving is always the fourth Thursday of November. It pretty much guarantees that it will be at the end of the month, but the specific date changes from year to year. This made me think about the days of the week in different languages. I’m focusing on Thursday (random, I know).
Chinese: 星期四 (xing qi si); basically referring to the fourth day, or the fourth star period
Japanese: 木曜日; もく よう び (moku yo bi)
Korean: 목요일 (mog yo il)
It seems that both the Japanese and Korean “days of the week” refer to a pattern of the elements or planets (月, 火, 水, 木, 金, 土, 日)
French: jeudi – referring to the planet Jupiter