Of course, we totally take for granted that two-day respite between Friday (or, I suppose I should say) TGIF and the inevitable onslaught of that Monday morning feeling.
But whilst Saturday and Sunday have been with us since man first started numbering his days, the weekend has not always been a part of his weekly life.
Back in 1996, when I was one of the regular presenters of BBC Radio 4's Arts Programme, Kaleidoscope, I made a feature exploring the origins of the weekend and how it has developed and been modified over the centuries.
It's all about what you were supposed to do and what you shouldn't do and how, having been invented, the weekend helped shape a nation's habits, sports and entertainments.
It was entitled, quite simply, 'Le Weekend' and if you're not run off your feet, you might like to take a listen...