Thursday, September 6, 2007
If the Bear's Drinking Champagne and the Belly Dancer Has a Boa Constrictor, it Must Be the 1st Day of School!
Only in Russia... See you for yourself snippets from the opening ceremonies at my new school on Saturday, September 1st. Many Russian schools officially start the new academic year on the 1st--regardless of what day of the week it happens to be. The day is a national holiday, "День Знания" ("Day of Knowledge"), and it's a very big deal. Kids often wear the black and white suit/vest and skirt formal attire that was common during the years of the USSR. Students, especially first graders, bring big bouquets of flowers for their teachers.
This year I was actually part of the ceremony; my school has the foreign language teachers greet the students in each language taught there.
I was very excited to meet more teachers and students; my colleagues thus far are extremely nice and they seem to love their profession.