Tuesday is the day of the week between Monday and Wednesday.
In many languages, the names given to the seven days of the week are derived from the names of the classical planets in Hellenistic astronomy, which were in turn named after contemporary deities, a system introduced by the Roman Empire during Late Antiquity.
The eanglish names of the day of the week were coined in the Roman era, in Greek and Latin.
The name of “Tuesday” derives from the Old English Tiwesdæg and literally means “Tiw’s Day”. It is named after Tiw, the Norse god of single combat, victory and glory, and Tiw is associated with Mars, the Roman god of war, hence the day being known as ‘Mardi’ in French, ‘Martes’ in Spanish and ‘Martedi’ in Italian.
The German Dienstag and Dutch dinsdag are derived from the Germanic custom of the thing, as Tiw/ Týr also had a strong connection to the thing.
In some Slavic languages the word Tuesday originated from Old Church Slavonic word въторъ meaning “the second”. Bulgarian and Russian: Vtornik and Serbian: utorak is derived from the Bulgarian and Russian adjective for ‘second’.
In Japanese, the second day of the week is 火曜日 – kayōbi, from 火星 – kasei, the planet Mars. Similarly, in Korean the word Tuesday is 화요일 – hwa yo il, also meaning Mars day.
In the Indo-Aryan languages Pali and Sanskrit the name of the day is taken from Angaraka – ‘one who is red in colour’ – , a style – manner of address – for Mangala, the god of war, and for Mars, the red planet.
In the Nahuatl language, Tuesday is Huītzilōpōchtōnal meaning “day of Huitzilopochtli”.
In Arabic, Tuesday is الثلاثاء – al-Thulatha’, meaning “the third“. When added after the word يوم – yom or youm, it means “the third day”.
In the Thai solar calendar, the day is named for the Pali word for the planet Mars, which also means “Ashes of the Dead” – the color associated with Tuesday is pink.
In astrology, Tuesday is also associated with the planet Mars and shares that planet’s symbol, ♂. As Mars rules over Aries and Scorpio, these signs are also associated with Tuesday.
In the folk rhyme Monday’s Child, “Tuesday’s child is full of grace”.
Tuesday is known as the most productive day of the working week – According to a survey from Accountemps, almost half of the 150 executives that participated in a poll, identified Tuesday as the day that their employees were most productive. They reported that a Tuesday will always beat a Monday because the first day of the working week tends to be filled with more meetings. The worst day for productivity, not surprisingly, is reported to be a Friday.
Tuesday is considered to be an unlucky day in the Greek and Spanish-speaking worlds. For both these nationalities, the thirteenth of the month is considered unlucky if it falls on a Tuesday and not a Friday. In Judaism, however, this day is considered a particularly lucky day… why? Because in Genesis Chapter 1, the paragraph about the day Tuesday contains the words “it was good”, twice.
In the Eastern Orthodox Church, Tuesdays are dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. The Octoechos contains hymns on this theme, arranged in an eight-week cycle, that are chanted on Tuesdays throughout the year. At the end of Divine Services on Tuesday, the dismissal begins with the words: “May Christ our True God, through the intercessions of his most-pure Mother, of the honorable and glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John…”
Easter Tuesday is the third day of the Octave of Easter and is a holiday in some areas. Easter Tuesday in the Western Christian liturgical calendar is the third day of Eastertide and analogously in the Byzantine Rite is the third day of Bright Week.
In Hinduism, Tuesday is also a popular day for worshipping and praying to Hanuman, Kartikeya, Durga, Kali, and Ganesh, and many Hindus fast during Tuesday.
On October 29, 1929, Black Tuesday hit Wall Street as investors traded some 16 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange in a single day. Billions of dollars were lost, wiping out thousands of investors. In the aftermath of Black Tuesday, America and the rest of the industrialized world spiraled downward into the Great Depression (1929-39), the deepest and longest-lasting economic downturn in the history of the Western industrialized world up to that time.
Patch Tuesday is an unofficial term used to refer to when Microsoft, Adobe, Oracle and others regularly releases software patches for their software products. It is widely referred to in this way by the industry. Microsoft formalized Patch Tuesday in October 2003. Patch Tuesday is known within Microsoft also as the “B” release, to distinguish it from the “C” and “D” releases that occur in the third and fourth weeks of the month, respectively.
Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), observed in many Christian countries through participating in confession and absolution, the ritual burning of the previous year’s Holy Week palms, finalizing one’s Lenten sacrifice, as well as eating pancakes and other sweets.
Super Tuesday is the United States presidential primary election day in February or March when the greatest number of US states hold primary elections and caucuses. Approximately one-third of all delegates to the presidential nominating conventions can be won on Super Tuesday, more than on any other day. The results on Super Tuesday are therefore a strong indicator of the likely eventual nominee of each political party.