...the Raisin Monday Foam Fight.
Wednesday 25 October 2017
All eyes were on St Andrews this week (Monday 23 October) when a mass gathering of Minions, bananas, pirates, superheroes and Oompa Loompas turned out to take part in the annual Raisin Monday foam fight on Lower College Lawn. This year’s count of students taking part is thought to be around 1200, with colleagues and students from across the University on hand to help hose down foamy students, and clean up the aftermath.
The tradition dates back to the early days of the university when new students would give senior students one pound of raisins in gratitude for their help in adapting to university life, in exchange for a receipt written in Latin. Failure to produce such a receipt could result in a dousing in the local fountain. Nowadays the raisins have been replaced with a bottle of wine and the dousing with foam: among this year’s ‘receipts’ gathered safely by colleagues in Estates were a decorated Christmas tree, an inflatable T-rex and a Trojan horse.
The event attracted the attention of the world's media with press coverage in USA Today, BBC News, International Business Times and the Huffington Post, to name a few. Students also tagged their Raisin Monday photos on the the University's Instagram account using the hashtag #noplacelikefoam.