Latada 2010 - HAKA III by Helewidis
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Latada 2010 - HAKA III

by Helewidis in Street & Photojournalism

Practicing the Haka.


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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latada


Photo:

. Canon 350D, 50mm f/1.8.

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  • Drackar

    Drackar

    Zooombie! Man, I wish our street festivals were this interesting.

    Apr 8th, 2011 Reply
    • Helewidis

      Helewidis

      Hehe. Is it a case of saying you're doing it wrong? :B

      Apr 8th, 2011 Reply
    • Drackar

      Drackar

      exactly. Next time something happens, I'm SO going as a zombie.

      Apr 8th, 2011 Reply
    • Helewidis

      Helewidis

      Haha. But then again, you have that zombie walk day or something in there, don't you? We do not. :(

      Apr 8th, 2011 Reply
    • Drackar

      Drackar

      There are zombie walks here and there. But I haven't found one yet.

      Apr 8th, 2011 Reply
    • Helewidis

      Helewidis

      That's a pity. They should be worldwide! o/
      I was lucky in this Latada's parade, the theme for Anthropology was Apocalypse, so most of them went as zombies! :D

      Apr 8th, 2011 Reply