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Belorussian 1st graders bring flowers to school on Day of Knowledge

Minsk, Sep 1 (efe-epa).- Six-year-old Maryana spent the morning styling her hair and putting on her smartest outfit, just like millions of other Belorussian first-graders Saturday who prepared for the inaugural day of the new school year, a special occasion known as the Day of Knowledge, which is celebrated across Belarus, Russia and other former Soviet nations.

The day has special significance for new students heading for their first day of elementary school, and it is customary for these curious young minds to arrive bearing gifts of flowers for their teachers, an efe-epa correspondent in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, reported.

Fighting off yawns, Maryana got ready with the help of her mother, who plaited her hair, buttoned up her crisp white shirt and walked her daughter to school for the welcoming ceremony.

The new pupils and teachers take part in celebrations replete with traditional dancing, on an occasion that also marks the passing of summer into fall.

Knowledge Day has its origins in the latter years of the Soviet Union.

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