Back to School!
With the end of August comes the dreaded end of the summer holidays. Children and parents alike prepare themselves, mentally and physically, for the return to the routine.
Children try to remember how to use a pen and write with legible handwriting and parents go looking for where they stashed the school uniform. Although it is always hard finishing a summer of fun and heading back to school it is also great seeing your friends again and swapping stories.
Each country does it a little differently, some with set traditions to make the start of a new term, some with sweet treats to make the day a little less difficult.
In Japan children are sent to school with their randoseru or backpack filled with the ir books for the day. For those who bring in their own food it is said to bring good luck for the first meal to contain rice, seaweed sauce and quail eggs.
In Russia the first day of school is known as the 'Day of Knowledge'. Children traditionally bring their teachers a colourful bouquet of flowers and are given balloons in return.
In Germany there is a 200 year old tradition whereby children are given a Schultuete. These are large paper cones filled with small presents, sweets and the school supplies needed by the student. A very sweet way to start the school year!
We love the thought of being given a big cone filled with sweets and presents – if only they had that for us on our first day back to work after a holiday!
Do you have any special traditions in your family for the return to school?