Here in corporate America, we like to celebrate the end of the work week. Friday mornings we can see the finish line, the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. The weekend is just a few hours away, and then we will have two whole days of freedom to do whatever we desire. This weekend, some people are probably taking long drive through colorful, autumn New England.
Others might be Friday night clubbing or looking forward to a date night. Still, some might want to just “Netflix and chill” and some might need to do the chores they didn’t have time for during the week.
Whatever your weekend plans might be, you know that they are fast approaching. This Friday morning I’ve already heard people happily exclaim “It’s Friday” and “just a few more hours ‘til the weekend!” and of course, the well-known “TGIF”acronym standing for “Thank God It’s Friday.”
So I took to the internet to find out what people say to celebrate the weekend in other cultures and languages.
The Philippines translate this phrase word for word into Tagalog: “Salamat Diyos ko Biyernes na!”
Quite a few cultures in Europe have a similar saying, but most take the religious connotation out of their phrase. Here are just a few, and a map that shows you where these phrases are said.
- In Catalan, the language spoken in Andorra and parts of nearby Spain and France, the literal translation is, “Gràcies a Déu que és divendres!”, but people are more likely to say “Que bé que ja és divendres!,” which translates to “Good! It’s Friday!”
- In Latvian it would be “Paldies dievam, piektdiena ir klāt!” This phrase is also the name of a pub which actually helped make the phrase more popular… sound familiar?
- In Romanian, the literal translation is “Slava Domnului ca e vineri!” (Literally: “Praise the Lord that it’s Friday!) But Romanians would rather say, “Ce bine că-i vineri!” (How good it’s Friday!)
- They don’t have a common expression in Polish, but when people used to work on Saturdays, they had an expression sometimes uttered at the end of the working day: “Po sobocie, po robocie” (Saturday’s gone, job’s done).
- The Turkish say “Yaşasın! Yarın tatil!” (Hooray! Tomorrow is holiday!) or “Yaşasın, bugün cuma!”(Hooray, today is Friday!)
- In Norwegian they say the expression regularly like we do here: “Endelig fredag/endelig helg” (Finally Friday/ finally weekend).
- The phrase is the same in Hungary, where they say, “Végre péntek!” (Finally it’s Friday!)
- In Estonian they say, “Õnneks on lõpuks ometi reede!” (Literally: Fortunately it’s finally Friday).
- Although not very common, in Russian some people say, “Слава Богу! (Уже) Пятница!” (God glorious, it’s (already) Friday!)