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22.01.2020

Hey there,

It’s literally the middle of the working week. That, of course, applies only to people and places that have Monday to Friday as working days.

According to the International Organisation for Standardisation, Wednesday is the third day of the week. But in countries that have Friday as holiday, Wednesday is the fifth day of the week. Islamic countries, as you would know, have Friday as a holiday because it is the day for prayers.

All other days are for prayers too, but Friday is for special prayers.

Just like Sunday came to be a holiday, because for most Christians it is observed as a day of worship and rest. Why Sunday? Because it is considered the day Christ came to life after death. Easter Sunday, remember?

Sunday is holiday because it is supposed to be prayer and rest day. (Photo: Reuters)

So, how did Sunday come to be a holiday in India when Christians are just 2.3 per cent of India’s population, that is, 3.08 crore of the 133.92 crore people that we are in total?

Thank the British! Why? Let us tell you.

Around 1883, in British India, the mill workers were slogging all seven days of the week. Obviously, they rebelled. (Aren't we too are on the verge of a semi-rebellion every Friday afternoon?) So after seven long years of a sustained struggle, on June 10, 1890, the British government declared Sunday as a holiday.

And the thought of holiday reminds us how a vacation turned into a tragedy for eight tourists from Kerala at a resort in Nepal. All eight, who were holidaying in the neighbouring country, died in their sleep. The cause of the death left us in shock.

They were choked by fumes from the kerosene heater they had kept on through the night. The windows were shut. So there was no way for the fumes to get out. These eight people were from two different families, and the Nepal holiday was a get-together of sorts for them.

Some of those who died in Nepal resort tragedy. (Photo: Twitter)

This is how the horror unfolded. But do remember, the next time you feel like keeping the heater on all night because it is too cold, don't. Heaters eat up all the oxygen and moisture in the air (kerosene heaters even give out toxic fumes). So keep water in open containers and keep either the door or the window open to let the air pass when your heaters are on.

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