100 Days School Celebration
Parents, I gotta say it — What the Heck — 100 days of school celebration?
Don’t get me wrong, I love celebrating my child’s success on top of his birthday and holidays. Things like riding a bike with no training wheels to successfully landing off the balance beam in perfect formation to even beating me at any Hogwarts game. Maybe not the last one is a cause of celebration.
I don’t think I am that old but back in my day, we didn’t celebrate every moment in school growing up. To understand where we might have gotten this idea of 100 day celebration I did a little google search.
Kodomo no hi is celebrated every year on May 5th. Children on this day are honored for their individual strengths and happiness. This day is a national holiday. Pre 1948 it was called Tango no Sekku, the translation meant boys day. In 1948, they changed it to Kodomo no hi to celebrate both boys and girls.
Cloth carp streamers (Koinobori) are flown outside of buildings to bring luck and good fortune to the children inside. Carp/Koi fish are considered strong spirited fish in Japan. Symbolizium is an important part of the Japanese culture. There is an order to the carp from father to mother and down the line. To start your own Koinobori tradition one website to try is http://www.koinobori-japan.jp/
Germany’s Schultüte or candy cone is typically for the first day of 1st grade. 1st days of school can be hard. Parents and teachers try to make the transition easier with welcoming party with songs and poems.
The tradition dates back to the 1800’s. Legend has it there was a teacher who had a tree covered with Schultüte for every child. Once the tree matured, it was time for school to begin and each child received a cone. I have lots a questions about this tree — like did the teacher start a new tree each year for that years birth of babies. Could you imagine a forest of candy cone trees. Kinda cool image.
German kinder cones are huge, usually bigger or the same size as the 1st grader. When the child looks back at the pictures they can fondly remember think they were bigger than life but not as big as the candy cone. You might not be in Germany but that doesn’t stop you from celebrating. Find a kindercone at www.kindercone.com
Maybe it isn’t so hard to believe in celebrating 100 days at school. There are some theories that the 100 days usually fall right around when kindergarten curriculum covers how to count to 100. My child could count to 100 before kindergarten. My theory was we count the 100 days of a presidency, so why not 100 days of school. (I thought this before 2017.)
100 days of school is big. After talking with some moms, I heard things like….
“It’s a big deal at our schools! We make posters, hats, t-shirts…”
P.S. I love the idea of giving something to the teacher, a 100 roses would do!
All pictures taken from Google.com search engine.