Destinations Magazine

School in Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe

By Mendeleyeev

What do we call the first of September in the FSU?
There are at least three titles:

1 сентября – yes, that is the date, but “1 September” is also used to name the first day of school because that is the traditional day when school is back in session.

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Днём знаний – naturally, it is the “day of Knowledge,” another name used for the first day of the school year.

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первым Днём Осени – and, it is the first day of autumn.

When children arrive for school, a special ceremony, usually outdoors, greets the first day of school. The children are dressed up and carry flowers for their teachers. This called the “first bell.”

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