Raisin. by Indie
November 16, 2010, 8:16 pm
Filed under: Announcements, Events, General, Raisin Weekend

Reading week has passed and hopefully everyone is well rested and revitalised for the rest of the term,that is what people think…but really reading week recharges the batteries for what everyone knows is going to be a manic weekend of parties, dress-up and lots of foam!

Being a third year this year I am extra excited for Raisin, as it is a chance to have a party with my own academic kids and those of my friends too! Everyone seems to be coming up with strategies and planning wild activities that are only socially acceptable for one weekend a year, in one tiny town! This had me wondering how many people know what the tradition of Raisin actually is…so I thought I’d give a brief summery behind the history of the upcoming weekend using the internet as my (not so) trusty source.

The tradition started off as a day where first year students would give a pound of raisins to their academic parents as a thank you for guiding them through the first few weeks of their university life. This was meant to come with a receipt from the parents acknowledging that they would follow through with this gift – failure to do so saw freshers being soaked in the fountain (on  Market St.)…but that has now turned into the foam fight. And the pound of raisins that was meant to be given at a “tea party” has been swapped for something a little more fun…

I wonder how this change in the next few hundred years!

Happy Raisin from!

(photograph via the Telegraph)


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