Saturday, January 1, 2011's Saturday!

I love Saturdays. Especially the fireworks. 
Those in the know say that Saturday was named in the second century for the planet Saturn - dies Saturni - which controlled the first hour of that day according to the Hellenistic astrologer Vettius Valens
In Scandinavian countries Saturday is called lördag, lørdag, or laurdag, meaning 'bath day', derived from the Viking tradition of bathing on Saturday.
Meanwhile, across the seas and in the southern hemisphere on Saturdays the Maoris were doing their washing. They call it rahoroi or haterai, named for the day they washed their whites for church on Sunday.
If you give birth today, the folk rhyme Monday's Child prophesies that your baby will grow to 'work hard for a living'. 
And if you happen to read a good book today, your world will be richer for it. Have a great day.

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