While out walking on Thursday, I noticed a lot of young kids dressed rather… uniformly. While uniforms were the norm in my life, and indeed the life of 99.9 per cent of school-aged kids in Australia, seeing them on kids here is… unexpected.
Okay, so they weren’t wearing uniforms per se, but all the boys were in black trousers and white shirts, and all the girls were in black skirts and white shirts. And they had red Miss World-style sashes proudly draped around their chests.
I texted my Ukrainian friend Lena: Is today the last day of school? There are lots of dressed up kids around with ribbons on.
She promptly replied: That’s it exactly! There will be a lot of drunk kids around the city tonight.
I later found out that the uniformly-dressed kids would have been from a certain school, other kids weren’t dressed so uniformly. But they did dress up, and it was a nice touch.
So there you have it – it was the last day of school.
Now, it’s a Ukrainian tradition to get your photo snapped in front of famous city landscapes and monuments on your wedding day. It seems it’s also tradition on the last day of school.
On this particular day, I was walking in the park around the riverbank, and the young’uns were getting photographed in front of the Dneipr River and the Lavra, which is one of Ukraine’s oldest monasteries (dates back to the 10th century).
And the weirdest thing I noticed was that, as the day progressed, the girls changed from their modest uniforms into weird gothic-inspired French Maid uniforms…
Here are some photos from the day
And in case you’re wondering, no. I didn’t see too many drunk kids around in the evening. There were a lot of spontaneous fireworks, though…