Keeping in step with fundamental school supplies, children in Japan receive a randoseru as they enter their first year of school. Often made with firm leather, a randoseru is a durable backpack that has been used by students for nearly 200 years and has a history that dates as far back as the late Edo Period. The same randoseru is typically carried throughout child’s entire elementary school days and is sometimes even passed down from one generation to another.
Should it be any surprise that in Austria, with its famous desserts like the Sachertorte and Linzertorte, students traditionally receive sweets on their first day back to school? While you may not find a child meandering into class with a slice of rich chocolate cake filled with apricot jam, they might just be latching onto a conical Schultüte (school bag) topped up with candy.
Leave it to the Italians with their fine tailored garments to impart on their kids an item of clothing as a school tradition. The country over, little Italian girls and boys don grembiuli on their first day back, which look like tiny artist smocks are pinned with a colorful ribbon indicative of their grade year. And on their graduating year of elementary school, students proudly sport a ribbon in Italy’s iconic green, white and red color scheme.
Set For School
The mark of a new academic year is a special one around the world. Be sure you’re Set for School before the pitter-patter of students’ footsteps fill the hallways come fall.
Written by Sheila Lam
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