Deviation Actions

Helewidis's avatar

Latada09 - Biting the Turnip I

Seeing that the "Queima das Fitas" is coming soon I figured I'd edit some of the photos I took during the "Latada".

This is one of them. It depicts the biting of the turnip which is part of the "cortejo da latada" (latada's parade) tradition, where people with the turnip must have it all cleared before they reach to the river or, according to the legend, they'll never finish their University course.

About "Latada": "In Portugal, the homecoming is known as Recepção ao Caloiro (The Freshman's Reception). It includes numerous events and traditions born in the 19th century in the University of Coimbra. It is defined as a welcome to the new students, the freshmen (caloiros), and takes place at the beginning of the academic year in Portuguese university towns. In every classic public university of Portugal the homecoming is celebrated yearly. The events are followed in varying degrees by other less traditional or smaller institutions. A street parade of students, concerts, and sports events are always organized for the freshmen's reception. The street parade organized in several major Portuguese universities is known as Latada, and its name comes from the tradition of tying tin cans to the freshmen's legs (the word lata is tin can in Portuguese).

The events are organized by the students' union of the University of Coimbra, the Associação Académica de Coimbra, and occur at the beginning of the academic year. It is an important part of the praxe académica (student praxis) in Coimbra, followed by the city population as an ancient cultural manifestation and local tradition, and is also a tourist attraction for a number of visitors every year."

Font: [link]

About "Queima das Fitas": "Coimbra's Queima das Fitas (Burning of the Ribbons), the oldest and most famous in the country, is organized by a students' commission formed by members of the students' union of the University of Coimbra, the Associação Académica de Coimbra. Celebrating the end of graduation courses, symbolized by the ritual burning of the ribbons representing each faculty, it takes place at the second semester (around May), being among the biggest student festivities in Europe. It lasts for 8 days, one for each Faculty: Letters, Law, Medicine, Sciences & Technology, Pharmacy, Economics, Psychology & Education Sciences and Sports Sciences & Physical Education. During this period, a series of concerts and performances are held, turning Coimbra in a lively and vibrant city."
Font: [link]

In Lightroom: Added the vignette (that black border you see there) manually and cropped it a little bit.
Image details
Image size
1610x1152px 633.89 KB
Shutter Speed
1/640 second
Focal Length
50 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Oct 27, 2009, 4:13:34 PM
© 2010 - 2022 Helewidis
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Log In
TerraRhapsody's avatar
Great capture of her expression =D
Such an intriguing story about the parade too!
Helewidis's avatar
We have weird rituals around here! :D When we talk about it to Erasmus students it is very hard to explain them! It's something you just gotta see for yourself...
radiophonic's avatar
Interesting and cool stuff. :)
scarletwave's avatar
Ok, that is bizarre.
Helewidis's avatar
You haven't seen a thing yet, if you find that bizarre! xD
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Log In