A couple of weeks ago we had what they call an «academic week» at the Universities here in Porto. When I first saw it on the academic calendar before coming here I thought it was a week of self-study, aka a week perfect for travelling to Cabo Verde (one of my big dreams). It turned out it was not, because it was actually a party week! In Portuguese it’s called Queima das Fitas, which means burning of the ribbons. The students have this kind of portfolio with some ribbons, in their faculty’s color, attached to it. The third-year (last year) students originally got their ribbons burned, but now they just get friends and family to write on them instead and they save them. I don’t know if that is the original history behind the name, but someone told me that and it makes sense, doesn’t it?
Anyway, during Queima, there are parties with concerts every night for eight days. They take place outside in this huge place called Queimódromo, close to the city park (Parque da Cidade) and around 350 000 students participate every year. The Tuesday of the Queima week is the most special day for the third-year students because of the Cortejo. It’s a parade where the students go with a top hat and a stick in their faculty’s color and they drink and have fun for several kilometres! Most of my friends are in their third year, so I joined them in the cortejo through the city center and I got to take some great pictures:
As you can see in some of the pictures, the third-years get hit on their top hat with their stick by other people who want to wish them good luck in life. It was such a beautiful day and we had so much fun!