Why Days of the Week have such different names in Portugal.
By: Shamsh Haddade
Some people tend to think the term “feira” derives from fairs which happened throughout the week in Portuguese Medieval Towns, but this is not true.
In archaic Portuguese it was once Domingo, Lues, Marte, Mércole, Joves, Verne and Sabbath. Then one priest decided to name the days of the Holy week rest days (féria). Thus, prima-féria (Sunday ) up to sexta-féria (Friday), then Sabbath. These denominations became popular and “Féria” became “feira”. They maintained Domingo (Sunday) as the name of the day of the Lord and Sábado (Saturday) derived from Sabbath.
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