Tuesday in Modern Culture
Many of us treat Tuesday neutrally – it is already the second day of the work week, so we do not feel as tired and depressed as on Monday, but the weekend still appears to be out of reach. There are, however, some special Tuesdays in the modern culture. A good example can be Patch Tuesday, also known as Update Tuesday – usually the second Tuesday of each month when software patches are being released by the Microsoft company. Tuesday is also an important day for computer games industry, for in the United States most popular games have their premieres on Tuesday. The French name for Tuesday – mardi – can also bring to mind popular festivals called Mardi Gras. This is because Tuesday is in many countries, such as Italy, Spain, Portugal, or Brazil, the last day of the carnival, which also means the last moments of festivity and surfeit before the beginning of Lent. Rio de Janeiro is definitely the most recognizable place for the carnival, but other places also have their own traditions connected with the Carnival Tuesday. In Spain, for example, the day is known as “día de la tortilla” - the day of tortilla. On the Portuguese Madeira island people eat a lot of doughnuts on that day, and in the Great Britain or the United States the last Tuesday before Lent is called “Shrove Tuesday” or “Pancake Tuesday”. In the United States Tuesday is also associated with the election day – since the 19th century federal elections are held on Tuesday after the first Monday of November.
Some Tuesdays in the history of different countries were special and went down in the history. For example, April 13, 1204, was the final day of the siege and sack of Constantinople. For this reason, in the Greek world Tuesday – as the day of the god of war – especially when it falls on the thirteenth day of the month is considered to be an unlucky day. Another unlucky Tuesday in the history is now known as “Black Tuesday”, which refers to the Wall Street Crash of 1929. It was the Tuesday after “Black Thursday”. In Poland, however, there were more positive historical Tuesdays. In 1791 the Constitution of 3 May - the first advanced and prepared in writing constitution in Europe, and the second in the world - was adopted there. Now May 3 is in Poland an annual holiday. Another important Tuesday for Poland was November 5, 1985, when first successful heart transplantation took place. Tuesday was also the day of the week when Uranus was first discovered.
Did you know?
Contrary to Monday, Tuesday is considered to be the most productive day of the working week. What is more, although in some cultures Tuesday is perceived to be unlucky, in Judaism it is considered particularly lucky. This is because of the Bible – in the first chapter of the Genesis book the day now known as Tuesday has been described with the words “it was good” twice.