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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUSchools will open their doors on 1 September. 31 out of 34 international exchange students will begin their education in Latvia. Youngsters from Italy, Belgium, Germany, Taiwan, Spain, Hungary and Turkey are anxiously preparing for the Knowledge Day, because most of them are not used to spending the first day in school celebrating, dancing and singing.

In other countries, school begins at different times and in different ways. 1 September is celebrated as Knowledge Day in European countries like Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Poland and Slovenia, as reported by AFS Latvia.

Martin, a middle school student from Hungary, says school year in his home country begins on 1 September. «At the beginning of the new school year, our schools organize a small ceremony – the Hungarian hymn is played and students read poetry. We do not carry flowers to school, but we do gather together,» – says the boy.

Katherine from Germany says school days usually begin on 3 September in her home country. «We do not have to dress festively and we do not give flowers to our teachers. On the first day of the school year we meet with our home-room teacher and set up our schedule. We also plan where each student will eat. We also talk about what everyone was up to during the summer break. We then briefly go over what we’ve learned in the previous school year. So we do study a bit on that day,» – says Katherine.

In many countries the school year begins in August and September. For example, the school year begins on 12 August in Denmark, 2 September in France, 11 September in Greece, 22 September in Malta and 18 August in Norway.

Serene, an exchange student from Italy says her country «does not organize festivities on the first day of school – no flowers or gifts. Usually school begins on the second week of September. We begin our studies almost immediately». Brenda, who will arrive in Latvia in the middle of September, says school begins in the middle of July in Indonesia. College education begins in August. «The summer break is very short for us – usually two or three weeks,» – says Brenda, laughing. «Education starts on the very first day of school. One exception is new students. They don’t start their studies in the first week at all – they’re busy familiarizing themselves with the school system and teachers. Our schools rarely organize any festivities.»

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