Hooray, the weekend is finally here! Why is Friday everyone’s favorite day of the week? Let’s find out with these fun facts about Friday!
It’s Friday? Friyay! It’s time to celebrate the most glorious weekday! For many students and employees, Friday signals the end of the work week and a reason to meet up with friends and celebrate.
The restaurants are packed, the bars are buzzing, the movie theaters are sold out, and the streets are teeming with people looking to usher in the weekend. There is a reason why people say “TGIF” (Thank God It’s Friday).
Not only is there a laid back atmosphere and a sense of glee about this day, there are many more fun facts about Friday that you might not know about. That’s what this article is all about, to give you a fun Friday fact or two.
First, there is Friday’s dark side. It’s not all about parties and fun, Friday is also filled with superstition, bad omens, and of course the dreaded day, Friday the 13th.
Then, how about all the great movies and songs that take Friday as inspiration? And do you want to find out why people often refuse to set out on a boat journey on Friday? How about getting fired on a Friday?
There’s tons of Friday facts to explore! So keep reading to educate yourself on the most beloved day of the week!
21 Fun Facts About Friday
1. The origins of Friday
There is some dispute about the origins of the word Friday, but most agree that the day is named after the Norse goddess Freyja, known to the Anglo-Saxons as Frigg. It’s thought the name comes from ‘Freyja’s Day’ which was shortened to Fre-day, then Friday.
Freyja was the goddess of love, beauty, fertility, sex, war and magic. She really had a lot on her plate, didn’t she!?
2. I’m your Venus
The Roman equivalent to the goddess Freya is Venus. This is reflected in the word Friday in other languages.
In French, Friday is Vendredi. In Spanish, Viernes. And in Italian, Venerdì. There you have it, a language lesson of Friday facts. We’re sure Venus would be impressed!
3. Coming to a theater near you
Most mainstream movies are released to the public on Fridays. For huge blockbusters, a 12:00 midnight Friday premiere is also common.
Even on streaming sites, the most popular day for release is Friday. We guess most people have the time to binge watch on Friday nights!
4. Friday’s child
In the nursery rhyme, Monday’s Child, each day of the week is attributed a special trait for children born on that day.
If you were born on Friday, the rhyme states: “Friday’s child is loving and giving.” Trust us when we say that’s much better than being born on a woeful Wednesday.
The common phrase heard around the water cooler and the school lockers is TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday). The end of the week is such a relief and a reason to look forward to a fun weekend.
In the UK and Australia, they have a different term called POETS day (Piss Off Early Tomorrow’s Saturday.) We like that one!
6. Friday Syndrome
Here’s one of the fun facts about Friday that we can really get on board with. That feeling one gets at the end of the week, where things are more easy going and relaxed, is known as the ‘Friday Feeling’ or ‘Friday Syndrome’. This is one syndrome we wouldn’t mind having!
7. Relax on a Friday
To go along with the Friday feeling is something called Casual Friday. This term refers to offices and schools allowing for a more laid back dress code on Fridays when people can come to work in their jeans and t-shirts, instead of dressing in suits and collared shirts.
8. The busiest shopping day
Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving when retail stores have their biggest sales. People rush to line up to snag electronics and clothes at slashed prices.
Black Friday can be dangerous however, with many tramplings, stabbings and pepper spray incidents reported each year. This is one of the scarier Friday fun facts, so be careful out there peeps!
9. A solemn day for Christians
Good Friday is an important observance for Christians around the world.
Often on Good Friday, Christians will pause and pray at 3:00 PM as this is the time when Jesus’s crucifixion took place. Good Friday always occurs on the Friday before Easter Sunday.
10. So many great movies!
Some of the best movies have Friday in the title. It makes sense to us, because Friday is when the most interesting things tend to happen!
There’s the football film Friday Night Lights (2004), the body swap comedy Freaky Friday (1976, 2003), the stoner film Friday (1995), and of course, the slasher franchise Friday the 13th (1980).
11. Speaking of Friday the 13th…
The origins of this most unlucky day are unclear, but the fear of it is so real that it has its own phobia. Are you ready for this mouthful? Friggatriskaidekaphobia. We hope you also don’t have a fear of long words!
12. The unluckiest day strikes again
Ready for some more trivia about Friday? The airline industry suffers huge losses on Friday the 13th as superstitious people don’t want to fly on that day.
Also, the master of psychological horror, director Alfred Hitchcock, was born on Friday the 13th. Maybe he genius had something to do with the day he was born. What do you think?
13. Don’t get on that boat!
For many seafarers it is ill-advised to start a water journey on Thursday or Friday. Thursday is Thor’s Day, the God of storms, but we’re not sure why Friday is feared too. Maybe just get on a boat in the first half of the week!
14. Keep the bad luck rolling
More people have accidents on Friday than any other day of the week.
Some of the reasons: fatigue from the work week, anticipation of the weekend, and the increased alcohol consumption to celebrate the weekend. Take care of yourself on Friday and look both ways before crossing the street!
15. Blue Friday
In the Thai solar calendar, which represents each day of the week with a color, Friday is represented by blue. Friday is also represented in the calendar by the planet Venus and the Hindu god Shukra, the God of knowledge.
16. You’re fired!
It used to be common to fire someone on Friday afternoon. However, in recent years this has changed, because people fired on Friday will often engage in destructive behavior on the weekend.
It is now suggested terminations take place on Wednesday, so the employee can gather their thoughts, speak to coworkers, and tie off loose ends before Friday.
17. Sing a song about Friday
Some massive hit songs have centered around this day of the week! There is the Katy Perry pop jam, Last Friday Night, The Cure’s 1992 modern rock hit, Friday I’m In Love, and how could we leave this out: the YouTube cringe sensation, Friday by Rebecca Black. Sorry about that one…
18. Is Friday your favorite?
Here is one of the more interesting facts about Friday: In a YouGov poll of over 4,000 Americans, Friday ranks as the second most popular day of week. Friday is number one for 29% of respondents. What is #1 you ask? Saturday, which garnered 35% of the vote.
19. A popular night in the ‘90s
When television viewership was at its peak in the 1990s one night you couldn’t miss was TGIF on the network ABC. This Friday comedy block included the legendary sitcoms, Full House, Family Matters, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
20. Students taking action
Led by teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, Fridays for Future is a mass student protest that sees students from around the world skip class on Friday and demand action on climate change by government officials.
The well-organized marches see millions of students join together on various Fridays throughout the year.
21. The other Black Fridays
Black Friday doesn’t just mean a busy day of shopping at the mall. Other events referred to as Black Friday include the stock market crash of 1929 (in Europe) and the assassination of John F. Kennedy on Friday, November 22, 1963.
Friday really does seem like the unluckiest day of the year, doesn’t it?
Who wants more fun facts?
If you’re looking for some recommendations, these are a few of our favorite fact books to buy. We use these when planning fun trivia nights with family and friends!
Are you ready for the weekend now? Or did we miss some important fun facts about Friday? Let us know in the comments and we’ll add them to this list!