Many American students are gearing up for their first day back to school.
While the start of the school year differs by country, the first day back is normally a big day no matter where you’re from. It’s usually marked by excitement – or perhaps some dread if you don’t want to give up your vacation – and a bit of fanfare.
Take a look below to see the first day of school in 12 countries around the world.
Belarus: Students perform during an event for the first day of school in Minsk.
- REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
France: Kids enter the primary school Jules Ferry in Fontenay-sous-Bois, near Paris.
- REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Gaza Strip: Palestinian children sit inside a classroom on the first day of school at al-Shafi’i school in Gaza City.
- REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
Indonesia: Students wait for a train to pass as they make their journey home after attending the first day of kindergarten in Jakarta.
Japan: Children sit inside a classroom at Shimizu elementary school in Fukushima.
- REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Lebanon: A teacher speaks to her students in a classroom on the first day of a new school term in Tripoli.
- REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny
Malaysia: A student lays her head on the table during the first day of school in Kuala Lumpur.
Nicaragua: Students wait in line to enter to their classroom on the first day of school in Managua.
- REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
Philippines: Filipino students line up during the first day of school at the President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in suburb north of Manila.
Syria: A Syrian child inspects a book on his first day back to school in a suburb of Damascus.
- REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
Ukraine: First graders take part in a ceremony to mark the start of another school year in Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine.
- REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
United States: Students arrive for the first day back at a New York City high school.