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As there is some confusion between Sunday and Monday. Kindly tell me how to explain when someone ask me this question, that which is the first day of week ?

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    Just tell them what you said above - there is some confusion between Sunday and Monday. But having worked on scheduling software for various companies in various industries over the years, I should warn you that at least some organisations like to start the week on Saturday, which you didn't mention. – FumbleFingers Oct 11 '18 at 15:14
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    Whichever day you want it to be. Most people would argue that the first day of the year is 1st January - one wouldn't have thought there was much argument about that. But Her Majesty's Revenue Commissioners deem the first day to be 6th April. – WS2 Oct 11 '18 at 15:14
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    Please include the context of which "week" is meant. Just like how a day can start anytime based on where you are in the world and how your government has decided on a time zone, a week is seven days and can start anytime according to the government. Similarly, a person can state "I started my day with coffee..." even though according to the time of day they started it with sleeping. In what context are you asking the question? – Keeta - reinstate Monica Oct 11 '18 at 15:18
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    It's whatever your culture says it is. – Hot Licks Nov 10 '18 at 23:50
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There's a lot of confusion here, and a dozen theories.

One of those points out that the Bible has Jesus rising on the first day of the week (i.e. Easter Sunday), which is in keeping with the Old Testament tradition (God spent six days creating the world, and rested on the seventh day, Sabbath, known today as Saturday).

Another one suggests that over in England, the Puritans were in favor of "returning" to some of the more austere Old Testament customs, stressing the importance of works (in the biblical sense) and the letter of the Mosaic Law (rather than the spirit of said Law, as both Jesus and St. Paul recommended). This necessitated designating Saturday as the last (seventh) day of the week, the day of rest. The sentiment was then exported to the New World by folks who found some of the Puritan ideas congenial to them.

It might be worth noting that in tongues belonging to very different language groups (such as Icelandic (North Germanic), Finnish (Baltic Finnic), and Russian (Slavic), the name for Wednesday means, literally, "middle of the week" (respectively, Keskiviikko, Miðvikudagur, and Среда). One might be tempted to point out that Wednesday is, in fact, the middle of the work week; which would not be quite accurate since, in all of the above languages, the name appeared long before the institution of the two day weekend (a very recent development, dating back merely to the beginning of the 20th Century).

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This is a cultural issue. In the United States, we consider the first day of the week to be Sunday. In the UK (and most of Europe from what I understand) it is considered Monday.

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ISO-8601 clearly decree that Monday is the fist day of the week, which should end all doubt.

https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/days/monday.html

Monday is the first day in the whole world. ISO standard clearly says so.. The fact that some countries CONSIDER Sunday or Saturday the first day, doesn't alter the fact that Monday is the first day by decree from ISO!

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    There is no doubt that Sunday is the first day of week in the United States, Canada, Australia and other countries. Just as there is no doubt that Saturday is the first day of week in many Arab countries. Have you ever heard of pounds, inches and gallons? According to ISO they don't exist either. – michael.hor257k Dec 31 '18 at 17:02
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    In that same link it states that "Monday is the first day of the week according to the international standard ISO 8601, but in the US, Canada, and Japan it's counted as the second day of the week." I'm not sure that the way you worded your answer takes that into consideration. – Karlomanio Dec 31 '18 at 18:48
  • Monday is the first day in the whole world. ISO standard clearly says so.. The fact that some countries CONSIDER Sunday or Saturday the first day, doesn't alter the fact that Monday is the first day by decree from ISO! – FuxieDK Jan 1 '19 at 16:13
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    @FuxieDK I think you need to read up a little on international law. – michael.hor257k Jan 1 '19 at 17:32
  • The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) does not legislate at all. It only creates standards that have nothing to do with legal issues. – Andre Soares Apr 13 at 18:23

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