Weekday and Weekend days

Weekdays and Weekend days

Weekdays: The 5 days – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are considered as the weekdays in most of the country.

Definition of Weekday

The five days of the week except the weekend days are called the “weekdays”. Actually, these days vary from country to country. In Western countries, these days are known as working days. 

Weekend: The 2 days of the week – Saturday and Sunday are called the ‘Weekend’. But, some countries like – the US, Canada, China etc. consider Friday and Saturday as the weekends and in some Islamic countries like – Iraq, Iran, Kuwait etc. weekends are Thursday and Friday.

But in most countries of the world, Saturday and Sunday are considered the weekends. In some countries like – India, Nepal, Bhutan etc. there is officially one weekend.

At the weekend, the people of the Western countries don’t go to the office or school. Sometimes Friday evening is considered as a part of the weekend in some countries.

Some Important Points:

  • From Sunday to Saturday – all 7 days are the days of a week
  • Weekday is any day except weekend days. 
  • Yes, Saturday and Sunday are the weekends in most countries. 

Working Days or Weekdays and Weekend days in a Week Around the World

Here is a short chart of the weekdays and weekends in different countries.

Working days/ weekdays          Weekends      Countries’ Name
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, SaturdayArgentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Macao, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, United States, Venezuela, Zimbabwe
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, FridaySaturday, SundayAlbania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria,  Azerbaijan, Belarus,  Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria,  Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland,  France, French Guiana,  Georgia, Germany, Greece,  Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo,  Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zeland, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, 
SaturdayThursday, FridayAfghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen


Is Sunday a weekend? 

According to the international standard of ISO 8601, Sunday is the last day of the week. But I have already told you that all countries do not treat the same day as the last day of a week. Actually, it varies from country to country depending on their culture and religion. Although 96% of the countries consider Sunday as a weekend, 4% do not count Sunday as a weekend. You can see from the above chart which countries consider Sunday as a weekend and which don’t.

Who changed the Sabbath to Sunday?

Emperor Constantine changes the Sabbath to Sunday.

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