This young man has celebrated his first day at school with a trip to a photobooth to show off his first day presents – two School Cones. He doesn’t look especially pleased in this picture but he should have been.
A “Schultüte” or School Cone is a paper or plastic cone of gifts. When children in Germany and Austria set off for their first day at school, their parents and/or grandparents present them with a decorated cone that is filled with toys, chocolate, sweets, school supplies, and various other treats.
The tradition of the Schultüte can be traced back to Saxony (around 1810) and continues to this day.
Below is another photo from my collection of a little girl with her cone. She is looking more appropriately happy than the little boy.