Thursday, August 20, 2009

school start

My son just started school. Traditionally there is a celebration at church and school for that event here in germany. Lots of small children with enormous school bags and "school cones" (I just copied this from the Wiki as I realized that most of you dont know about this tradition: When children in Germany set off for their first day in school upon entering first grade, their parents and/or grandparents present them with a big cardboard cone, prettily decorated and filled with toys, chocolate, candies, school supplies, and various other goodies. It is given to children to make this anxiously awaited first day of school a little bit sweeter. The tradition of the "Schultüte" leads back to approximately 1810, to Saxony and Thuringia in Germany. The first documented report of the cone-shaped Schultüte comes from the city of Jena in 1817, closely followed by reports from Dresden (1820) and Leipzig (1836). It started in the bigger cities but spread quickly to the small towns and villages, soon becoming an institution all over Germany.)
Anyways, a fun day.