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When is "Sonnabend"?

Question by Guest | 2018-06-27 at 19:26

I am new to Germany and my colleagues told me that we will meet on "Sonnabend" respectively "nächsten Sonnabend".

Up to that invitation, I thought, I have learned the names of all German week days. However, there is no day called "Sonnabend", I even looked back into my vocabulary book, but there is only Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag, Freitag, Samstag and Sonntag - no Sonnabend.

So, what do they mean? Is Sonnabend perhaps another name for Sunday? The name sounds at least similar.

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With Sonnabend, the weekday Saturday is meant.

Translated a bit freely, you can translate Sonnabend with "Vorabend von Sonntag" (the eve of Sunday), in other words: the day before Sunday. However, what is meant is always the entire Saturday, not just the evening.

This term is used above all in northern Germany as well as in the middle and in the east of Germany. In the West, in southern Germany, as well as in Austria and Switzerland, the term is barely known. In the former GDR "Sonnabend" was even the official name for Saturday.
2018-06-27 at 20:59

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