The supposed holiday observed on a Monday morning by well-paid artisans who had been drinking etc the previous day. Saint Monday is the tradition of absenteeism on a Monday. Saint Tuesday is the less common extension of this to a Tuesday. The tradition of taking Monday off has been common among craft workers since at least the seventeenth century. In his autobiography, Benjamin Franklin refers to the practice, saying of his youthful employment in a London printing house, "My constant attendance recommended me to the master". Later writers often ascribed Saint Monday to the regimentation of working class life which occurred with industrialisation.
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Previously, time had been structured not by clocking-in at factories or shifts down the mine, but by collective or self-directed labour revolving around the cycles of seasons and daylight. Pre-capitalist workers were also accustomed to kicking back at fairs, sporting events, and festivals which could go on for days. Wage labour entails a delicate trade-off between freedom and financial obligation, and unreasonably demanding workloads have always risked a severe toll on the physical and mental health of workers. As industrialisation entrenched a six-day week, with only Sundays and sporadic holidays like Christmas Day officially free, the pressure and intensity of industrial work found expression not just in organised conflict over wages and conditions but in more spontaneous forms of defiance driven as much by desperation as by apparent irresponsibility. Early industrial workers continued to observe this tradition, providing themselves with a justification for collective absenteeism based in popular cultural memory.
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Saint Monday is the tradition of absenteeism on a Monday. Saint Tuesday is the less common extension of this to a Tuesday. The tradition of taking Monday off has been common among craft workers since at least the seventeenth century,  when the workweek ran from Monday to Saturday as had been the custom and expectation for centuries.