Without a ruler, flowers and white shirts: how children go to school on September 1 around the world
In this country, the school year begins in mid-August. At the same time, parents of future students practically do not need to spend money: the necessary office is given out at school, and teachers give gifts and flowers to children, and not vice versa. For first-graders, the celebration is extended for three whole days: all this time the guys get to know each other and the school.
In Serbia, children go to school on September 1, but there is no solemn line here either – only first-graders are given something like a small “festive entry” into school life. And so – it's a normal school day, without flowers and outfits. In fact, there are no autumn and spring holidays here either, children have three weeks of rest in winter (New Year and Christmas), and in spring – Easter week. In Serbia, they sacredly honor the Easter holiday and the “bright week” following it, when it’s not worth resting and working, everyone is celebrating.
In America, there is no single tradition to celebrate or not celebrate the beginning of the school year: each state has its own rules. Usually, on this day, they just spend class hours, where children talk about themselves and how they spent the summer, and teachers introduce them to the curriculum and subjects. However, one of the elements of the holiday is still there: the child has the right to come to school on the first day in any clothes: even in a Batman costume, even in a princess dress.
Giving flowers to teachers in American schools is almost considered bad manners.
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Japanese children start the school year in April, when cherry blossoms bloom in the country. Only first-graders are congratulated: senior students greet them with applause, the director – with a solemn speech. Children receive school kits from their parents, which always have a shift and origami paper. After the line, Japanese first-graders are given another whole week to prepare for their studies.