Friday, October 08, 2004

Say what? - Weekend

The weekend is a part of the week lasting one or two days in which most paid workers do not work. This is a time for leisure and recreation, or for religious activities.

In Christian countries the weekend typically covers Saturday and Sunday, while in Muslim countries it is Friday and Saturday.

In the weekend as a day of leisure is a rather modern invention. Before the industrial revolution the wage labour force was a minuscule fraction of the population. The day of the Sabbath was viewed as one dedicated to God, not one of relaxation and strict prohibitions on permissible activities were inacted.

The French Revolutionary Calendar allowed decadi, one out of ten days as a leisure day.

More weekend on WordIQ - I'm off for a beer.