Some Indian-curriculum schools in the UAE will be observing a holiday on Thursday, 26 January to mark the 74th Indian Republic Day.
Republic Day, a public holiday in India, is when the country marks and celebrates the date on which the Constitution of the country came into effect.
The constitution was adopted by the Indian Constituent Assembly on November 26, 1949 and came into effect on January 26, 1950.
January 26 was chosen as the date for Republic Day, as it was on that day in 1930 when the Declaration of Indian Independence was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress.
Circulars sent out in a few schools
Indian schools in the UAE have been sending out circulars to parents informing them that the school will remain closed on this day. Amity School Dubai confirmed the same.
Our Own High School Dubai, in a recently sent circular to parents, said, “This is to inform you that the school will remain closed on Thursday, January 26 on the occasion of the Indian Republic Day.”
Meanwhile, The Indian High Group of Schools will celebrate the Indian Republic Day on Thursday at 8:30 am.
The school stated, “Traditionally, the Consul General of India to Dubai hoists the flag at the Indian High School, followed by the school parade”.
This year, the school will showcase a multi-hued image of the country's rich cultural heritage, followed by the students' vibrant parade comprising tableaux from different states and cultural dances.
Public school pupils in the UAE will have three school holidays during the second and third terms of the current academic year.
The spring break will last for two weeks. For international curriculum schools, the spring break will start from March 27 to April 7 2023.
School days in the year must be at least 182 teaching days.
In private schools that apply foreign curricula, the holiday for the remaining months of the current academic year will be either three consecutive weeks, according to each emirate and the specific dates, or two consecutive weeks and a third week. It is distributed throughout the academic year.
According to the official holiday calendar, which was approved by the UAE Cabinet, Eid Al Fitr dates are from Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3. According to astronomical calculations, this would be from Thursday, April 20, till Sunday, April 23. Actual dates are subject to moonsighting.
The Eid Al Adha holiday (Arafah Day and Eid Al Adha) will be from Tuesday, June 27 to Friday, June 30.
Summer break must not be more than 8.2 weeks for all schools in the UAE, irrespective of the curriculum they teach.
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