I’ve always had it set firmly in my head that Monday is the beginning of the week. I’m aware that many people consider Sunday to be the first day of the week. I’ve always assumed this was just a matter of preference, though Google sources tell me it’s a cultural/religious thing. But that’s not the point. I want to know what day you start your week with. The logic behind your preference would be valued, of course.
I was always told Sunday was the beginning of the week, but for me really it’s Monday that makes more sense. If there are seven days in the week, and we start the list with Monday, doesn’t that logically make Monday the first day of the week?
Sunday. I had a debate with my Bulgarian tutor about this, cause Eastern Europeans all consider Monday to be the first day of the week. All the calendars have Monday as the first day. I was delighted when I received a 2007 calendar from Australia from one of the Dopers as part of my postcard project that has Sunday as the first day of the week. I can’t wait for January so I can point to it as proof that I am NOT crazy and Sunday really IS the first day of the week, hahaha!
Monday. Besides, if you’re going to get religious on this, in Genesis it’s said that God rested on the seventh day. Since we consider Sunday that seventh day (at least in Christianity) Sunday should be the last day of the week, not the first.
On the other hand, the calendar looks nice and symmetrical with Sunday as the first day.
It still doesn’t explain why U.S. calendars almost always have Sunday first, and yet everyone considers Sunday part of the weekend. (Although the default mode of MS Outlook begins the week on Monday, so they can put Sat. and Sun. together to save space, I suppose.)
U.S. calendars have Sunday first because Western tradition has considered Sunday to be the first day of the week for a couple thousand years; everyone considers Sunday to be part of “the weekend” because labor agitators during the Industrial Revolution were eventually able to convince everyone that the norm should be that people get two days in a row off from work every week; Sunday was the traditional day when even sweatshop workers might (for religious reasons) be given time off, and Saturday was added on to that.
My logic exactly! And if I were Christian, I’d also go with the “God rested on the seventh day, which is Sunday” argument for having Monday as the start of the week. FWIW, I was taught that Sunday was the first day of the week, so I don’t think it’s a US/Europe thing. And if I was answering a quiz question, I’d complain that it was a bad question :).