With the Delhi Games set to begin on Oct 3, several schools in the national capital declared holidays starting from Friday, Oct 1 while the remaining will close on Saturday, Oct 2, which also happens to be Gandhi Jayanti.
The CWG 2010 will end on Oct 14. So the early holidays along with the customary eight-day Dussehra vacation add up to 17 days.
The state government decided to shut schools in a bid to ease traffic and to ensure a smooth event. Besides this, the holidays will also enable the children enjoy the mega sporting event.
The schools also planned several activities to build enthusiasm and instill interest in the children about the event.
"We have asked them to collect memorabilia of the event during their vacations, and right before the autumn break set in, we organized a number of activities to instill interest in them.They are after all children of the city that is the host.
"We have asked the older children to go and watch at least one game, and report back to us when they return," said Nandita Shankara, officiating principal of the Summer Fields school told a news agency.
The children have also earned their extra leaves by turning up early to school during the summer as their summer vacations were cut short early this year to compensate for the loss of working days due to the Games.