Photographer's Note

The students of the University of Coimbra are the guardians of traditions that find their roots in this secular university (founded 1290).

It is now the exact period of the well known "Queima das Fitas" (burning of the ribbons).
This period of festivities organised by students in their fourth year (quartanistas)
is a celebration of the end of the academic year dating back to 1890. Throughout the XXth century, this feast has also been a rare occasion for the students to manifest they rebel mind... particularly in time of dictature.

To learn more about the Queima das Fitas :

When I visited the UC last month, I was lucky enough to picture this group of students wearing their traditional habit (black cape) and posing with their entire class for posterity.
It seems to be a tradition to launch the "fitas".
I would be happy to learn more about it from portuguese TE members.
Are the red ribbons the mark of the Faculty of Law ?

Eric /.

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