Weekends Weren’t Always Weekends

Until the late 1800s, people worked six days a week, with Sunday their day of rest — and in many places, church.

The idea of a weekend as two very different days “in which we can do what we please” was lovingly chronicled by Witold Rybczynski​ in Waiting for the Weekend.

COVID weekends are a new subset, of course, filled with empty hours or blessed relief from a week of Zoom.