TIL for much of the 1800s in the UK, Sunday and Monday were the unofficial weekend, with Sunday for Church and Monday being adopted by workers as an unofficial holiday, mockingly called “St. Monday” (like a religious holiday). By the late 1800s, Monday became a workday, and Saturday a half workday.

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200117-the-modern-phenomenon-of-the-weekend

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  1. Follow up tidbit from the article:

    Seems unfair to trade Saint Monday in exchange for only Saturday afternoon off. But the push came from religious groups and employers, so people could be better ready for Sunday and their day of worship/Church attendance. It got firmly established when football started to become really popular in the 1890s and the main match games were to be played on Saturday afternoons.

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