In pictures: Scottish students celebrate Raisin Monday with massive foam fight

Hundreds of students have taken part in a mass foam fight as part of a ritual dating back centuries at Scotland's oldest university.

.

Raisin Monday is the culmination of a weekend of festivities when first-year students at the University of St Andrews say thank-you to their more senior student "parents" for mentoring them. The so-called "children" are given embarrassing costumes to wear and take part in a shaving foam fight in St Salvator's Quad in the Fife town.

Raisin Weekend dates far back into the history of the university and is named after the tradition whereby "children" gave their academic "parents" a pound of raisins to thank them for welcoming them to St Andrews.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Hundreds of students have taken part in a mass foam fight as part of a ritual dating back centuries at Scotland's oldest university.
The University of St Andrews was founded in 1413.
The so-called "children" are given embarrassing costumes to wear and take part in a shaving foam fight in St Salvator's Quad in the Fife town.
Raisin Monday is the culmination of a weekend of festivities when first-year students at the University of St Andrews say thank-you to their more senior student "parents" for mentoring them.
Jamie Rodney, president of the University of St Andrews Students' Association, said the event helps bring the student community together.
Hundreds take part each year.
Jamie Rodney, president of the University of St Andrews Students' Association, said: "It was really successful, people enjoyed themselves and there were some really creative costumes.
Jamie Rodney, president of the University of St Andrews Students' Association, said: "People put a lot of thought into dressing up their academic kids."
Jamie Rodney, president of the University of St Andrews Students' Association, said: "We've got people from all over the world and all walks of life at St Andrews and it's just nice to have them all taking part in these events."
Raisin Weekend dates far back into the history of the university
The so-called "children" are given embarrassing costumes to wear and take part in a shaving foam fight in St Salvator's Quad in the Fife town.
Hundreds of students have taken part in a mass foam fight as part of a ritual dating back centuries at Scotland's oldest university.
aisin Monday is the culmination of a weekend of festivities when first-year students at the University of St Andrews say thank-you to their more senior student "parents" for mentoring them.