Public servants took the day off to do their personal things while members of the public went about with their normal chores.
Many observers said the special day might have been overshadowed by the aftermath of the 15th Pacific Games.
However, the teachers and children from the little known Miok Primary School in Wapenamanda, Enga, decided to take the day off to celebrate in the nearest Lai River either doing laundry or swimming.
Teacher Anton Ambare said they opted to make their way to the river as there were no special events being organized for them.
Photo: Children from Miok Primary school posing for a group photograph at the bank of Lai River yesterday.