St Andrews students lather up for foam fight

ST ANDREWS, Scotland, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Hundreds of students at a university in Scotland put down their books and took part in a mass foam fight on Monday, a tradition to welcome the new intake.

The first year students at the University of St Andrews wore costumes such as bananas or superheroes as their elder cohorts sent them off armed with shaving foam for the friendly fight labeled "Raisin Monday."

The name is derived from the gift of raisins which new students traditionally gave their academic mentors as a thank-you for welcoming them.

The university is Scotland's oldest and its alumni include Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate.

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ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 22: Students from St Andrews University, many in fancy dress, indulge in a tradition of covering themselves with foam to honour the 'academic family' on the lower college lawn on October 22, 2018, in St Andrews, Scotland. The 'raisin weekend' stems from a gift of raisins (now flour and foam) traditionally given by a first year student to their academic 'parents' in gratitude for their guidance. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 22: Students from St Andrews University, many in fancy dress, indulge in a tradition of covering themselves with foam to honour the 'academic family' on the lower college lawn on October 22, 2018, in St Andrews, Scotland. The 'raisin weekend' stems from a gift of raisins (now flour and foam) traditionally given by a first year student to their academic 'parents' in gratitude for their guidance. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 22: Students from St Andrews University, many in fancy dress, indulge in a tradition of covering themselves with foam to honour the 'academic family' on the lower college lawn on October 22, 2018, in St Andrews, Scotland. The 'raisin weekend' stems from a gift of raisins (now flour and foam) traditionally given by a first year student to their academic 'parents' in gratitude for their guidance. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 22: Students from St Andrews University, many in fancy dress, indulge in a tradition of covering themselves with foam to honour the 'academic family' on the lower college lawn on October 22, 2018, in St Andrews, Scotland. The 'raisin weekend' stems from a gift of raisins (now flour and foam) traditionally given by a first year student to their academic 'parents' in gratitude for their guidance. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 22: Students from St Andrews University, many in fancy dress, indulge in a tradition of covering themselves with foam to honour the 'academic family' on the lower college lawn on October 22, 2018, in St Andrews, Scotland. The 'raisin weekend' stems from a gift of raisins (now flour and foam) traditionally given by a first year student to their academic 'parents' in gratitude for their guidance. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 22: Students from St Andrews University, many in fancy dress, indulge in a tradition of covering themselves with foam to honour the 'academic family' on the lower college lawn on October 22, 2018, in St Andrews, Scotland. The 'raisin weekend' stems from a gift of raisins (now flour and foam) traditionally given by a first year student to their academic 'parents' in gratitude for their guidance. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 22: Students from St Andrews University, many in fancy dress, indulge in a tradition of covering themselves with foam to honour the 'academic family' on the lower college lawn on October 22, 2018, in St Andrews, Scotland. The 'raisin weekend' stems from a gift of raisins (now flour and foam) traditionally given by a first year student to their academic 'parents' in gratitude for their guidance. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Students take part in the traditional Raisin Monday foam fight on St Salvator's Lower College Lawn at the University of St Andrews in Fife. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 22: Students from St Andrews University, many in fancy dress, indulge in a tradition of covering themselves with foam to honour the 'academic family' on the lower college lawn on October 22, 2018, in St Andrews, Scotland. The 'raisin weekend' stems from a gift of raisins (now flour and foam) traditionally given by a first year student to their academic 'parents' in gratitude for their guidance. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 22: Students from St Andrews University, many in fancy dress, indulge in a tradition of covering themselves with foam to honour the 'academic family' on the lower college lawn on October 22, 2018, in St Andrews, Scotland. The 'raisin weekend' stems from a gift of raisins (now flour and foam) traditionally given by a first year student to their academic 'parents' in gratitude for their guidance. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 22: Students from St Andrews University, many in fancy dress, indulge in a tradition of covering themselves with foam to honour the 'academic family' on the lower college lawn on October 22, 2018, in St Andrews, Scotland. The 'raisin weekend' stems from a gift of raisins (now flour and foam) traditionally given by a first year student to their academic 'parents' in gratitude for their guidance. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 22: Students from St Andrews University, many in fancy dress, indulge in a tradition of covering themselves with foam to honour the 'academic family' on the lower college lawn on October 22, 2018, in St Andrews, Scotland. The 'raisin weekend' stems from a gift of raisins (now flour and foam) traditionally given by a first year student to their academic 'parents' in gratitude for their guidance. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 22: Students from St Andrews University, many in fancy dress, indulge in a tradition of covering themselves with foam to honour the 'academic family' on the lower college lawn on October 22, 2018, in St Andrews, Scotland. The 'raisin weekend' stems from a gift of raisins (now flour and foam) traditionally given by a first year student to their academic 'parents' in gratitude for their guidance. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 22: Students from St Andrews University, many in fancy dress, indulge in a tradition of covering themselves with foam to honour the 'academic family' on the lower college lawn on October 22, 2018, in St Andrews, Scotland. The 'raisin weekend' stems from a gift of raisins (now flour and foam) traditionally given by a first year student to their academic 'parents' in gratitude for their guidance. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 22: Students from St Andrews University, many in fancy dress, indulge in a tradition of covering themselves with foam to honour the 'academic family' on the lower college lawn on October 22, 2018, in St Andrews, Scotland. The 'raisin weekend' stems from a gift of raisins (now flour and foam) traditionally given by a first year student to their academic 'parents' in gratitude for their guidance. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Hundreds of students take part in the traditional Raisin Monday foam fight on St Salvator's Lower College Lawn at the University of St Andrews in Fife. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
Hundreds of students take part in the traditional Raisin Monday foam fight on St Salvator's Lower College Lawn at the University of St Andrews in Fife. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
Hundreds of students take part in the traditional Raisin Monday foam fight on St Salvator's Lower College Lawn at the University of St Andrews in Fife. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
Hundreds of students take part in the traditional Raisin Monday foam fight on St Salvator's Lower College Lawn at the University of St Andrews in Fife. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
Students take part in the traditional Raisin Monday foam fight on St Salvator's Lower College Lawn at the University of St Andrews in Fife. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
Students take part in the traditional Raisin Monday foam fight on St Salvator's Lower College Lawn at the University of St Andrews in Fife. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
Hundreds of students take part in the traditional Raisin Monday foam fight on St Salvator's Lower College Lawn at the University of St Andrews in Fife. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
Students take part in the traditional Raisin Monday foam fight on St Salvator's Lower College Lawn at the University of St Andrews in Fife. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
Hundreds of students take part in the traditional Raisin Monday foam fight on St Salvator's Lower College Lawn at the University of St Andrews in Fife. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
Hundreds of students take part in the traditional Raisin Monday foam fight on St Salvator's Lower College Lawn at the University of St Andrews in Fife. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 22: Students from St Andrews University, many in fancy dress, indulge in a tradition of covering themselves with foam to honour the 'academic family' on the lower college lawn on October 22, 2018, in St Andrews, Scotland. The 'raisin weekend' stems from a gift of raisins (now flour and foam) traditionally given by a first year student to their academic 'parents' in gratitude for their guidance. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 22: Students from St Andrews University, many in fancy dress, indulge in a tradition of covering themselves with foam to honour the 'academic family' on the lower college lawn on October 22, 2018, in St Andrews, Scotland. The 'raisin weekend' stems from a gift of raisins (now flour and foam) traditionally given by a first year student to their academic 'parents' in gratitude for their guidance. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 22: Students from St Andrews University, many in fancy dress, indulge in a tradition of covering themselves with foam to honour the 'academic family' on the lower college lawn on October 22, 2018, in St Andrews, Scotland. The 'raisin weekend' stems from a gift of raisins (now flour and foam) traditionally given by a first year student to their academic 'parents' in gratitude for their guidance. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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(Writing by Patrick Johnston in LONDON Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg)

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