On this day: Russia celebrates the Day of Knowledge

A 1st grade student holding a bell during a ceremony marking Day of Knowledge at School 71.

A 1st grade student holding a bell during a ceremony marking Day of Knowledge at School 71.

Vitaly Timkiv/TASS
Students head back to schools and universities

In Russia, Sept. 1 is called the Day of Knowledge. It marks the start of the academic year for schoolchildren and students.

The Day of Knowledge was established in the Soviet Union in 1984. According to tradition, pupils line up ceremoniously outside school, the "first bell" is rung, and the first lessons begin.

In towns and villages, some students arrive at school with bunches of flowers. It's an exciting and nerve-wracking time for parents too, nevermind the kids.

Read more: Vox pop: Back to school

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