Without a ruler, flowers and white shirts: how children go to school on September 1 around the world

Without a line, flowers and white shirts: how children go to school on September 1 around the world

The traditional Russian school line with touched parents, white bows and complex bouquets almost you will not see in many other countries of the world. And the academic year itself in a number of states does not begin on September 1, but in summer or even spring. Curious “Subtleties” found out when and how children from different countries go to school.


In Australia, children begin to study in January-February, but there is no general line for them. They gather only future first-graders and those who have changed schools: they are introduced to the educational institution and to each other. After that, normal school life begins, and a kind of holiday awaits children only at the end of the year: on it they will show what they have learned over the past months.

Austria and Germany

But for Austrian and German children going to the first grade for the first time, the beginning of the school year is a small, but a holiday. They receive gifts for him – “schoolbags” (in Germany) or “schoolchildren's bags” (in Austria) – with useful little things that will be useful in their studies, and sweets. Sometimes German schoolchildren make gift wrapping themselves, but the parents are always responsible for the filling – and they don’t tell the children until the very end what they put there.

The academic year in Germany and Austria starts in August-September.

Bulgaria and Israel

In Israel and Bulgaria, the academic year begins on September 1 and 15, respectively. Rulers are held solemnly: the students are greeted by the directorate and teachers. At the same time, Israeli schoolchildren are sometimes allowed to sit right on the pavement, and they are not dressed in strict suits, but in white T-shirts or short-sleeved shirts and culottes. The students of these countries are united by a common tradition – to launch balloons into the sky, on which the cherished desires of the children are written.


In Turkey, the school year usually starts in mid-September. Patriotism is generously added to the solemn moment on the rulers: the national flag is raised, the anthem sounds and reports about the “father of the Turkish people” Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and about the history of the country. Younger students start school a week earlier than older students to get used to school and not get lost among the crowds of students.

Saudi Arabia

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.

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