Czech Culture & Adaptation Education

Starting the week with Sunday?

March 11, 2011
calendar on a desk

Finding cultural significance in the calendar.

We were eating a leisurely Sunday lunch with some friends when our Czech friend Alice asked, “Do you put Sunday as the first day of the week?” The question caught me off guard; I had to stop to think about it. She explained that her daughter had learned in English class that the week began with Sunday, but that on the Czech calendar the week always begins with Monday. I went over to our wall calendar, which came from the US, to look at the setup. Sure enough, Sunday was the first day of the week. Then I checked the calendar in my Czech mobile phone and confirmed it listed Monday first. I was surprised that I’d never noticed the difference. I wondered if listing Sunday or Monday first on a country’s official calendars had any cultural significance.

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