Raisin Weekend at St Andrews
Julia Ragnell
CampusTales Contributor
University of St Andrews
May 12th, 2017


Perfect timing! We are going global and now writing in english at the same time as Raisin weekend is taking place here in St Andrews, so I thought I’d tell you a little about our (probably biggest) tradition.

Apparently, just googled this, its called raisin because dating back in history, children used to give their academic parents a pound of raisins as thanks for welcoming them to st andrews..!

(Quick intro): Third year students adopt first year students in an academic family system and act as mentors and as a great way to get to know new friends!

On raisin Sunday the children begin their day at their mothers in the morning which is filled with games and fun, and typically a scavenger hunt around the town, which incorporates visiting traditional sites, various fun pranks and tasks! It’s hilarious. A cheeky dip in the sea is usually a favorite to start off this day 😉 The tradition is then for the children to go over to their father’s in the afternoon for some more games and food. The day normally ends in a party!
It’s hilarious. A cheeky dip in the sea is usually a favorite to start off this day
On raisin Monday, children visit their mothers again in the morning to be dressed in a costume of some sort, then their fathers’, to pick up a raisin receipt to bring with them to the anticipated FOAM FIGHT!! This event marks the end of the weekend as all the children assembles in one of the university quads to foam away!

It’s an absolutely unique tradition and to describe raisin weekend is more or less impossible as I have never seen anything like it. Its definitely something you don’t want to miss, and it gives a sense of belonging to this university that is so special.

PS. I’m in the midst of planning and preparing this day VERY carefully, it’s going to be SO MUCH FUN ..! ..and my kids are definitely gonna have to try on what its like to jump in the north sea in October (followed by hot chocolate and very warm clothes though).

(The photo is from my raisin, featured in NY Times (I’m the one in the pink glasses) !!!)
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Raisin Weekend at St Andrews
Julia Ragnell
CampusTales Contributor
University of St Andrews
August 4th, 2017
Perfect timing! We are going global and now writing in english at the same time as Raisin weekend is taking place here in St Andrews, so I thought I’d tell you a little about our (probably biggest) tradition.

Apparently, just googled this, its called raisin because dating back in history, children used to give their academic parents a pound of raisins as thanks for welcoming them to st andrews..!

(Quick intro): Third year students adopt first year students in an academic family system and act as mentors and as a great way to get to know new friends!

On raisin Sunday the children begin their day at their mothers in the morning which is filled with games and fun, and typically a scavenger hunt around the town, which incorporates visiting traditional sites, various fun pranks and tasks! It’s hilarious. A cheeky dip in the sea is usually a favorite to start off this day 😉 The tradition is then for the children to go over to their father’s in the afternoon for some more games and food. The day normally ends in a party!
It’s hilarious. A cheeky dip in the sea is usually a favorite to start off this day
On raisin Monday, children visit their mothers again in the morning to be dressed in a costume of some sort, then their fathers’, to pick up a raisin receipt to bring with them to the anticipated FOAM FIGHT!! This event marks the end of the weekend as all the children assembles in one of the university quads to foam away!

It’s an absolutely unique tradition and to describe raisin weekend is more or less impossible as I have never seen anything like it. Its definitely something you don’t want to miss, and it gives a sense of belonging to this university that is so special.

PS. I’m in the midst of planning and preparing this day VERY carefully, it’s going to be SO MUCH FUN ..! ..and my kids are definitely gonna have to try on what its like to jump in the north sea in October (followed by hot chocolate and very warm clothes though).

(The photo is from my raisin, featured in NY Times (I’m the one in the pink glasses) !!!)
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