It’s back-to-school season in the U.S. and many other parts of the world, as teachers, students and administrators are ushering in a new year of learning.
Though schools around the globe have different start dates, calendars and traditions, the first day of a new term is an exciting time filled with the prospects of gaining more knowledge, making new friends and building community.
In honor of this occasion, here are 14 first-day-of-school photos from around the world.
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Children enjoy the first day of school at Mahila Sangh School, Vile Parle in Mumbai, India.
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Schoolchildren attend their first lesson on Knowledge Day in the town of Turov, Zhytkavichy District. Knowledge Day marks the beginning of a new school year in Belarus and is celebrated on Sept. 1.
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Children attend a ceremony on their first day of school at Shimizu elementary school in Fukushima, Japan.
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Palestinian schoolchildren play on the first day of a new school year, at a United Nations-run school in Deir al-Balah refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.
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Students prepare for the first day of school at the Lycee du Cent Cinquantatenaire, in Port-au-Prince.
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Pupils enter their classroom in a primary school on the first day of the new school year on Sept. 4, 2017, in Quimper, western France.
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Young Vietnamese children are dressed up and ready to perform for parents and local officials on the first day of the school year at the private Minh Hai Nursery School in Hanoi.
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Teacher Margaret Upp and the rest of the teaching staff greet students on the first day of classes at the newly opened Brambleton Middle School in Ashburn, Virginia.
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First grade students of Finetown Primary School are seen during the first day of the school year in Johannesburg.
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A displaced child from the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold of Raqa walks to attend the first day of the new school year at a camp for internally displaced people in Ain Issa.
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Schoolgirls arrive at Glenalmond College for the first day of term. The independent boarding school founded by William Gladstone and James Hope Scott is based on the architecture of Oxford University.
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Music students sing the Ukrainian national anthem at the Special Music School Lysenko of Kiev as the first of September traditionally marks the start of the school year, in Kiev, Ukraine.
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Caroline Mogomela hugs Yesenia Villada on her first day of school at St. Patrick Secondary School in Toronto.
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A teacher guides her pupils to the classroom on the first day of classes in Honduras, at the John F. Kennedy School in Tegucigalpa on Feb. 8.