Yes, it is a holiday today. A bonus holiday for the government employees.
Bankers too have a day off as it is a holiday under Negotiable Instruments Act.
Private institutions were also asked to declare a holiday considering "the importance of the day".
It was declared last evening and The Hindu's news update service put up the information at 7 pm yesterday.
The school kids whose exams are going on spent an hour's time (or more?) calling up their classmates and teachers to find out if it was really a holiday and how the day's exam was going to be rescheduled. When I saw the neighbour's kid walking around with the telephone handset calling up friends I told him to check up his school's website - he studies is a school which uses LCD panels instead of blackboards!
He did go to check up the website but could find nothing up there! He began his round of calling his friends from where he left 10 minutes ago!
I tried googling to help this boy out so that he could leave the phone out and get back to his books. I did not find even a single school in the city updating information on its website. Leave alone the day's announcement, the info on the websites were at least a month old in many cases.
But I came across a surprise.
A school in Salem had updated their website with all the information a student needs to know of the surprise holiday declared on a Sunday. Clear information of what happens to the day's Computer Science exams and what is up on Tuesday, after the holiday.
All this at the same time The Hindu published online - at 7.02pm!
The city schools do have an edge over the others in infrastructure, the technology, the resources and geeky teachers and students! But not the dedication and the dutifulness of a school outside the city. That's what I could think of!