Sunday

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Sunday (pronounced /ˈsʌndi/ or /ˈsʌndeɪ/  ( listen)) is the day of the week between Saturday and Monday. In some Christian traditions it is first-day Sabbath and in many it is Lord's Day. For many Christians it is the day set apart for worship of God, due to their belief in Christ's resurrection on a Sunday, according to the Gospels.

According to international standard ISO 8601 Sunday is the seventh and last day of the week. However, in the Islamic and Hebrew calendars, Sunday is literally the "first day" of the week, and it is considered the first day of the week in traditional Christian calendars as well.

Sunday is a day of rest in many countries of the world, part of 'the weekend'. In most Muslim countries, and Israel, Sunday is a working day.

No century in the Gregorian calendar starts on a Sunday, whether its first year is '00 or '01.[1] The Jewish New Year never falls on a Sunday. (The rules of the Hebrew calendar are designed such that the first day of Rosh Hashanah will never occur on the first, fourth, or sixth day of the Jewish week; i.e., Sunday, Wednesday, or Friday). Any month that starts with a Sunday will have a Friday the 13th.

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Etymology

The English noun Sunday derived sometime before 1250 from sunedai, which itself developed from Old English (before 700) Sunnandæg (literally meaning "sun's day"), which is cognate to other Germanic languages, including Old Frisian sunnandei, Old Saxon sunnundag, Middle Dutch sonnendach (modern Dutch zondag), Old High German sunnun tag (modern German Sonntag), and Old Norse sunnudagr (Danish and Norwegian søndag, and Swedish söndag). The Germanic term is a Germanic interpretation of Latin dies solis ("day of the sun"), which is a translation of the Greek heméra helíou.[2] The p-Celtic Welsh language also translates the Latin "day of the sun" as dydd Sul.

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