Global Variations in Sunday Traditions

While many cultures observe Sunday as a day of rest and religious observance, there are significant variations in how different countries celebrate this day.

In Italy, for example, families typically gather together for long lunches that often last well into the afternoon. In Mexico, Sundays are often celebrated with street markets where vendors sell food, clothing, and other goods.

A wok full of colourful foods.

In South Korea, many families attend church services in the morning before enjoying traditional Korean dishes for lunch. In India, some people participate in spiritual practices such as yoga or meditation as part of their Sunday routine.


In some countries such as Saudi Arabia and Iran where Monday is considered the first day of the week; Friday rather than Sunday may be observed as the official weekend holiday instead leading to unique differences in how they celebrate it compared with countries that use Sunday as their weekend holiday.