Why There are Seven Days in a Week?

A period of seven days constitutes one week, a historical division of time, considered to be of Hebrew origin. In divine scriptures too, there is a mention of seven days of week. Seven days a week is also a division of lunar calendar, probably based on the divine idea of creation of the universe in six days and the Jews perhaps arbitrarily would have allowed addition of the seventh day for rest and recreation purposes. Formerly a Roman week spanned eight (08) days which later on was reduced to seven days for the Christian creed demanded Sabbath fall on every seventh day. The British, obviously, happen to follow this seven day a week arrangement as a legacy of Roman tradition. The week days’ English titles, viz. Sunday, Monday . . . are of Roman or Norse origins.

7 Days Why There are Seven Days in a Week?

But to say the truth, if we probe through world history, literally speaking, there is no such confirmed evidence as would attribute with a certain degree of credibility any solid ground to the adoption of seven days’ a week principle. Different scholars of history are of different opinions in this regard. Any how what ever the background be there, every where in the world to date, a week comprises the unchanging tradition of seven days irrespective of its religious or secular background. The entire world is conservatively tuned to this 7-24 clock routine to base their jobs on this hourly and daily arrangement.

In a number of Indo-European languages the names of the days of the week have been based on the names of planets / gods. It is believed that in ancient times people were familiar with just seven planets and accordingly they named the seven days of the week after the planet or the titles of Roman / Greek deities, viz. Sun, Saturn, Mars, Moon, Mercury, Venus etc. The ancient man used to regard a moving heavenly body as some thing super natural, so he remained under the awe and might have fixed a day for its worship considering it as his deity and one deity after the other would have counted seven in total, thereby awarding a logic to the theory of seven days’ week; but whatever strong these logics may be there, they are just speculations and approximations, not evidences.

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