Brennand Kennedy and Eric Lionberger had a fascinating discussion over on KDA ROKstars. It started from noticing that the Korean names for planets coincided with the names of the days of the week.
|Sunday||일요일 (日 – sun)||Day of sun|
|Monday||월요일 (月 – moon)||Day of moon|
|Tuesday||화요일 (火 – fire)||화성 Mars|
|Wednesday||수요일 (水 – water)||수성 Mercury|
|Thursday||목요일 (木 – wood)||목성 Jupiter|
|Friday||금요일 (金 – gold)||금성 Venus|
|Saturday||토요일 (土 – earth)||토성 Saturn|
From Eric “The planets and days of the week are both coming from the same meaning … 화요일 – day of fire .. 화성 .. fire planet .. etc. When I started learning Hanja .. that was my first lesson, that the days of the week coincided with the days of the planets. … Now for the planets . .they all have 성 (星) in their name, which means star .. so, to start with Mercury, we have 수성 (水星) which is water star, 수요일, water day, Wednesday. Venus is 금성 (金星) – iron star, 금요일, iron day.”
Korea didn’t start using the Gregorian Calendar until 1896.
The winter solstice, Sunday December 20th, is the most important calendar day for me, because it is a celebration of the end of days shortening, and the return of the sun. Looking forward, here is the Gregorian-Lunar calendar for next year.