It’s that time …. back to school and back to school traditions! Are you ready? School supplies, teachers names, bus schedules. So many things to get in order.
All over the world children are getting ready for a new year of school. Did you know that means specific traditions in many countries? Not every country starts school in August or September. School bus schedules do not exist. There may not be buses or books. Let’s take a short trip around the world.
Most children in America look forward to a new backpack, lunch bag and pencil case. Some of my grandchildren were raised overseas. Their father was raised in Germany where school kids look forward to a schuluete. A cone shaped goodie filled treat bag.
But my grand-kids were raised on a Greek isle and the traditions there are starting school the second week of September. They have two weeks for Easter and Christmas and four national holidays. Like America they would have a new book bag. There were new notebooks, pencils and various teacher requested items for each student. They wore tradition school uniforms. They learned traditional Greek songs and dances.
In Italy moms are shopping for a grembiule for primary kids to wear over their clothes. It is a work smock.
If your kids or grandkids were raised in Russian cultures, they would celebrate the first day as “Knowledge and Skills” day. The day is filled with ceremonies and is formal so they dress up. They take a bouquet of flowers to their teacher and she gives them a balloon in return.
In Malaysia school starts in early January. In Brazil the school year begins in early February.
In Holland children ride to school in an eco-friendly bakfietsen or cargo bike instead of placing them on a school bus or driving them in a car.
In Tokyo they learn to take the subway as early as six. In Singapore they ride “smart buses” that notify the parents 10 minutes before it arrives and lets parents know when their student gets on the bus and when they arrive at the school. It also takes attendance for the school and gives the driver the bus route.
In Caracas and parts of Asia they ride cable cars and very scary homemade basket cable transportation to get from their village to the nearest school. They climb rail ladders to get to the cars.
And in France kids can ride a school bike-bus.
But, here in America we are starting school in August and September and it is time to get those much needed new backpacks, lunch bags and pencil cases. Gails Personalized Gifts Back To School 2018 can make your child’s special and unique. No chance of someone getting their’s mixed up with other kids. Check out some of her new collections:
Blog and art by – R. B. Green ©2018