Many people have experienced that most days of the week and most
months "have a feeling". (Or perhaps it's only a few, and
you aren't one of them. In which case this node must seem like hard
nonsense. I apologize in advance.) Some of these (such as the ones of
Thursday and March) almost certainly differs from person to person,
but I have reason to believe that the feelings of, for instance,
Monday and December are fairly constant throughout Western
Last week, at the beginning of July, it occurred to me that the
feelings of Saturday and July had an essence in common, in that
they both brought with them the same sense of carefree leisure.
The more I thought about this, the more similar month/day comparisons
I came up with. Of course, since there are 12 months in a year, and
only 7 days in a week, a 1-1 mapping of the months and the days of
the week is impossible. Some days are therefore similar to more than one
month, and some months don't have a day.
- Monday, no doubt. This is when work/school begins after 1 or
more weeks of holiday.
- Tuesday. Not only because it comes after January/Monday, but also
because, in some ineffable sense, Monday/Tuesday and January/February
form a kind of cold and harsh pairs at the beginnings of their
- This month is like Friday, since school ends and the summer
holiday starts around the middle of the month.
- This is the month that is the most like Saturday, in that people
who are in school most often have the entire month off, and people who
are working also have most of their holiday in this month.
- The Great Sunday. This is another one of those lazy summer
months, but with the foreboding shadow of school, which is now
imminent. Some schools start in August, others in September, but in
any case, August stands in stark contrast to the worriless July,
much the same as Saturday contrasts with Sunday.
- This month feels Saturday-ish, as it to a large degree is coloured
by Christmas and New Year, and the preparations thereof.
Other mid-winter festivals may instill similar feelings in the