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St. Monday

September 24, 2007
New York, N.Y.

I've been reading Ben Willson's The Making of Victorian Values: Decency and Dissent in Britain, 1789-1837 and encountered the following passage describing a custom in this era:

The "remaining five" working days include Saturday, of course. Saturday only became a day off in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. But I suspect St. Monday is still celebrated somewhat by people who prefer a smoother and less jarring entrance into the work week.


Comments:

St. Monday is alive and well here in France.

Most businesses are closed on Sunday (although you can always find a baker open to sell freshly baked bread) and many "artisans" take the Monday off and then work Tuesday through Saturday.

Mike Griffiths, Tue, 25 Sep 2007 05:44:22 -0400 (EDT)


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