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August 7 2012 German Culture Newsletter

It might not seem like it, because there hasn't really been much of a summer this year, but school "summer" holidays are coming to an end in many parts of Germany. And that is, at least for first graders, a time of enormous excitement. Definitely "party time", and filled with tradition. One of the main ones is the receiving of a "Schultuete", filled with goodies to celebrate his or her very first day at elementary school.

If you know any kids who will become first graders this autumn, perhaps this is also a tradition you would like to try out.

First the Schultuete:


It is much anticipated experience for Germany's first graders. The first day at school with its Schultuete filled by small gifts and candies. A German tradition which began in the early 19th century, is as popular now as it was then, and perhaps a fun idea and new tradition for your own family.

And now the traditions that go with it:

SCHULTUETEN AND THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL has many articles covering a wide range of topics, and a forum:

If you have any questions I hope to hear from you, either in the forum or via email.

Francine McKenna-Klein,
German Culture Editor

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