PHOTOS: What the first day of school looks like in 12 countries around the world

Many American students are gearing up for their first day back to school.

While the start of the school year differs by country, the first day back is normally a big day no matter where you're from. It's usually marked by excitement — or perhaps some dread if you don't want to give up your vacation — and a bit of fanfare.

Take a look below to see the first day of school in 12 countries around the world.

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Students perform during an event to mark the upcoming start of another school year in Minsk, Belarus, August 31, 2015. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
Schoolchildren enter the primary school Jules Ferry in Fontenay-sous-Bois near Paris, on the start of the new school year in France, September 1, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Palestinian children sit inside a classroom on the first day of school at al-Shafi'i school in Gaza City September 4, 2011. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA - Tags: EDUCATION)
Satrio Wibowo (R) waits for a train to pass as he makes his journey home after attending the first day of school at an Islamic kindergarten, after the Christmas and New Year holidays, at the Tanah Abang slum district in Jakarta January 7, 2013. Indonesia has more than one million children, mainly from poor families, who are not in school as of 2012, said Arist Merdeka Sirait, chief of the National Commission for Child Protection (Komnas PA), to a local newspaper in December 2012. REUTERS/Beawiharta (INDONESIA - Tags: RELIGION EDUCATION SOCIETY POVERTY)
Children sit inside a classroom on their first day of school at Shimizu elementary school in Fukushima, northern Japan April 6, 2011. Over 70 schools began their regular classes on Wednesday in the city of Fukushima, after the earthquake and tsunami that hit the country on March 11. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER EDUCATION SOCIETY)
A teacher speaks to her students in a classroom on the first day of a new school term in Tripoli September 17, 2011 . REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny (LIBYA - Tags: POLITICS EDUCATION CONFLICT)
Preschooler Amni Roslan, 6, stays in class as he refuses to join his classmates for outdoor activities during his first day of school in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur January 2, 2013. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad
Students wait on line to enter to their classroom on the first day of school in Managua February 11, 2013. Around 1.6 million students are expected to start their new academic year, according to the Ministry of Education of Nicaragua. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas (NICARAGUA - Tags: EDUCATION)
Students participate in morning exercises during the first day of class at Rosauro Almario Elementary School in Tondo city, metro Manila, Philippines June 13, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
A Syrian child inspects a book in the Hussien Zein school in the Damascus suburb of Sahnaya September 14, 2014. Syrian children returned to school in Damascus for the new academic year, as the country's civil war rages on. At the Hussien Zein school, there was little evidence on Sunday that Syria is in the midst of a bloody conflict.The school courtyard was packed as children returned after an extended summer break. UNICEF said in July that approximately three million Syrian children had been displaced, one million children were out of school, and another million were at risk of dropping out due to insecurity. Attendance rates are as low as 36 percent in areas that are hard to reach. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki (SYRIA - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION)
First graders take part in a ceremony to mark the start of another school year in Kiev, Ukraine, September 1, 2015. September 1 marks the start of a new academic year for students in Ukraine. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 04: Hector Martinez Galeano (right), 6, skips up the steps leading to PS 171 Patrick Henry School on E. 103rd St., as he holds the hand of his 4-year-old brother Hector, on the first day of school for New York City's public schools. (Photo by Susan Watts/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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