The weekend that wonderful two days you spend with your nearest and dearest, a time when you catch up on the housework do your shopping or research interesting historical stuff for your blog.
Constantine was a fascinating man, not only did he suggest that we put our feet up after a week of hard labour, he is associated with the Cult of Sol Invictus - the pagan sun god of the later Roman period. Constantine himself lived most of his as a pagan but is remembered for his conversion to Christianity and for being the first Christian Emperor. In his edict, he stated
"On the venerable day of the sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed"
The weekend is obviously linked with five day week, a concept that is dates back the 19th century and the onset of the Industrial Revolution. However, taking credit for is the Labour Movement who worked tirelessly for the needs and on behalf of the countries working class. Before this, the lives of those living in England was one of hard work, illness and exploitation. Only the farmer and the agricultural labourer whose working life was governed by daylight received some rest from the daily grind.
The earliest reference use of the word weekend can be found in 1879 in the magazine Notes and Queries where it states:
"In Staffordshire, if a person leaves home at the end of his week’s work on the Saturday afternoon to spend
the evening of Saturday and the following Sunday with friends at a distance, he is said to be spending his
week-end at so-and-so."
Over a hundred and fifty years have passed since Robert Lowes put forward his ideas, today there are those pushing for even more time away from our place of work. Owen Jones a columnist in the Guardian newspaper suggests that we should all be working a four day week.
You can read what he has to say here: