Last week I noticed something strange in my neighborhood – flagpoles with backpacks hanging. “What could this mean?” – I wondered, and of course I asked my Dutchie.
It means that there is a student in that house who has passed his/her exams and graduated from high school (middelbare school). It is his/her way of declaring to the world that he/she has successfully passed!
I think this is such a fun way to celebrate your academic success – throw out your backpack!