It was named after the planet Saturn which was thought to have control over the first hour of the day. The planet was named for the Roman god of agriculture.
Saturday is the only day of the week in which the English name comes from Roman mythology.
India, Thailand and the Celtic languages also name the day for Saturn. In Thailand, the color associated with Saturday is purple.
In the Jewish tradition, Saturday is named Shabbat. Christianity adopted this in terms of the Sabbath. Thus in many countries, Saturday is named after the Sabbath.
Eastern Orthodox churches distinguish between Sabbath (Saturday) and the Lord's Day (Sunday).
Roman Catholics put so little emphasis on that distinction that many among them follow – at least in colloquial language – the Protestant practice of calling Sunday the sabbath.
In Scandinavian countries the name Lordag is derived from the old word laugr meaning bath. It equates to bath-day due to the Viking usage of bathing on Saturdays.
Saturday is the preferred election day in Louisiana.
Saturday's child works hard for a living.