Over my working life I’ve gradually seen January 2 given traction as a day off; this year it’s ambiguous because it’s a Sunday anyway, but more and more people are giving and expecting this day off, a final toot of the New Year’s noisemaker as an appendage to the holidays.
It needs a name. I gather that in other, less imaginative provinces it’s called a bank holiday. We can come up with something better than that. Resolution Day would be good – Journée des résolutions – the first serious day of the year in which you should wake without a hangover, back off on the snacks, lift a few weights or go for a walk.
Here’s another thing: we also badly need a Sanity Day somewhere between January 2 and Easter. Easter dances around the calendar, but this year it’s on April 24; the latest it can possibly be is April 25. (Western Easter falls on the Sunday following the full moon which falls on or after the vernal equinox, allowing for a little ecclesiastical splitting of hairs.)
That means many workers will spend almost four months without a long weekend, in the darkest and coldest part of the year. Won’t somebody come up with a Journée de la santé mentale for us?