A weekend means the end of a week. That is self-evident. Tuttavia, what you may not have thought is that the word is originally work-related. A weekend is a period of leisure that is between two workweeks. Al giorno d'oggi, people can work on any day, and the word ‘weekendis the same as Saturday and Sunday. Many people work on weekends.

As the concept of workdays and days off is more or less related to working from Monday to Friday as an employee in urban workplaces, a weekend is the same as a week end in many languages. In some other languages, the word for a weekend refers to the Christian background when the original word for a Sunday as the Holy day has been extended to mean the whole weekend.

You can read more about the origin of the English word ‘weekend’ qui. Below you can find a list of weekends in different languages.

an infographic listing the word weekend in different languages
  • Afrikaansnaweek
  • Albanianfundjavë
  • Arabo – عطلة نهاية الاسبوع [eutlat nihayat al’usbue]
  • Azerbaijanihəftə sonu
  • Basqueasteburu
  • Belarusianўік-энд
  • Bengalese – সপ্তাহান্তিক কাল
  • Bosnianvikend
  • Bulgarianуикенд
  • Catalancap de setmana
  • Cinese – 周末 [zhōumò]
  • Croatianvikend
  • Ceco – víkend
  • Danishweekend
  • Dutchweekend
  • Estoniannädalavahetus
  • Filipinokatapusan ng linggo
  • Finlandese – viikonloppu
  • Francese – fin de semaine
  • Galicianfin de semana
  • Georgianშაბათ-კვირას
  • Tedesco – Wochenende
  • Greekσαββατοκύριακο [savvatokýriako]
  • Hebrewסוף שבוע
  • Hindi – सप्ताहांत
  • Hmongweekend
  • Hungarianhétvége
  • IcelandicHelgi
  • Indonesianakhir pekan
  • Irishdeireadh seachtaine
  • Italiano – fine settimana
  • Giapponese – 週末
  • Kannadaವಾರಾಂತ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ
  • Khmerចុងសប្តាហ៍
  • Korean주말 [jumal]
  • Laoທ້າຍອາທິດ
  • Latviannedēļas nogale
  • Lithuaniansavaitgalis
  • Nepaliसप्ताह
  • Norvegese – helg
  • Persianتعطیلات آخر هفته
  • Polishweekend
  • Portoghese – fim de semana
  • Russo – выходные [vykhodnyye]
  • Serbianвикенд [vikend]
  • Slovakvíkend
  • Slovenianvikend
  • Somaliisbuucii
  • Spagnolo – fin de semana
  • Swahilimwishoni mwa wiki
  • Svedese – helgen
  • Thaiสุดสัปดาห์
  • Turco – hafta sonu
  • Ucraino – вихідні [vykhidni]
  • Urduہفتے کے آخر میں
  • UzbekDam olish kunlari
  • Vietnamesengày cuối tuần
  • Welshpenwythnos
  • Yiddishאָפּרוטעג

Happy weekend to all of you!


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