The weekend has always been a modern day "Sabbath" for many of us. It is certainly a time of rest, of contemplation, and above all, a time of random spontaneity when it comes to course of action. Nothing seems to be more exciting than the day before the weekend or 'weekend eve' as it is called.
Thursday nights are usually a window to some calmness. A break from the strains of work and professional life. A portal to get more in touch with our personal selves. It is when fatigue and stress are subdued for more intricate and intimate times.
Just like Chand Raat or Christmas Eve, weekend eve has a ritualistic essence to it. Usually, the day before Eid or any other major holiday festival, households buzz with preparations ranging from putting the darkest colour henna on the hands and arms of girls to spicing up a gigantic, wholesome meal for the family, to making last moment calls to pick the slots for casual meet ups. In the middle of all these, we try to keep everything untoward at bay to enjoy holidays to the fullest.
Given it is the end of a week of workdays itself, it is when all pending work is tidied up neatly, important work calls are made and office work is done and dusted to leave the entire weekend to oneself. Some might use Thursday nights for partying, meeting people, or use the long night until Saturday to finish up on their own personal inclinations like watching a particular movie, or finishing a book at hand.
After tending to the economy of the country, some would like to bring some balance to the economy of the body and mind gearing them up in unison for the weeks of work ahead.
Jessica Shirly Alam, a recent graduate and current employee at Bkash, says that Thursday nights are perhaps the best time of the week for her.
It is when she can step outside of her professional zone and give time to her childhood friends, who, like her, have been propelled into different directions by the sheer force of adulthood or simply, adulting, as some might say.
Thursday nights are composed of spontaneous meetups for her and she can stay up late working on her own interests as she can use the next day to get some relaxing sleep without being woken up by the dreadful sound of the alarm clock.
Weekend eves are when we make space for the things that are important but not urgent. Rahim, a small business owner, says that weekends for him are mini-vacations and the Thursday nights for him are long nights where he can finish all the pending work and finally catch up with his old buddies late into the night.
Usually, the stress and the constant bargain of time is not a major headache, as he knows the next day is a holiday and he is finally free for some family time, perhaps, he can go watch a film with his young son or simply help his wife in cooking a beguiling culinary classic from the YouTube tutorials.
Thursday nights represent a work in progress coupled with whimsical inventions in all spheres. It renews the bonds of social capital, which are too often depleted or worn away by the workload in our current world.
Thursday nights are a relaxing and soothing way to ease one's body into weekend mode, ensuring the weekend starts with some soothing vibes. Aside from meeting with close family and friends, Thursday nights are mostly about you, the individual and how you make the best out of what you have.
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