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What day starts the week?

We have traditionally produced our backwards calendar with the week starting on a Monday, which is the standard format in the UK, but in the USA it is normal to have calendars starting the week on a Sunday – which is correct?

The short answer is it is a matter of choice and tradition but here are some thoughts we found…

  • Saturday and Sunday are generally know as “the weekend”, so if Sunday is the end of the week it must start on a Monday
  • Most people do not work on a Sunday so Monday is their first working day of the week
  • Biblical references refer to the Sabbath being the day of rest at the end of the week but that day can be either Sunday or Saturday in different religions.
  • In the Middle East, the week is considered to start on a Saturday
  • In Portuguese, the names for the days are actually numbers, so Monday is “Segunda-feira” – referring to the second day of the week, or the week starting on a Sunday
  • Russian uses the name “second” for Tuesday, indicating that they regard Monday as the first day of the week
  • Sunday is the first day of the week in Australia
  • In international standard ISO-8601 the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has decreed that Monday shall be the first day of the week.

We are happy to let you decide for yourself and we have now produced our famous Backwards calendar in both formats.

The one page annual backwards calendar is available free of charge for Left-Handers Club members – if you have not already joined, it is free and you can register using the link in the sidebar.

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