Video: All good clean fun at Raisin Monday

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Love it as a student or loathe it as a local there’s no denying that Raisin Monday brings colour and spectacle to the streets of St Andrews.

After all the partying of Raisin Weekend it was time for the new ‘children’ to wash away any remaining reservations with the now traditional dressing up and large-scale foam fight on the Lower College Lawn.

Raisin is a peculiarly St Andrews rite of passage for first-year students who are set a variety of tasks by their ‘academic parents’, including dressing up and parading through the historic town.

In turn the new ‘children’ given their parents, who are older students, a present, which used to be a pound of raisins but has now turned into a bottle of wine.

The unique event is said to help the freshers settle and bond with their academic ‘families’.

The now traditional foam party of Raisin Monday.  (Picture courtesy of University of St Andrews Alumni Network.)

The now traditional foam party of Raisin Monday. (Picture courtesy of University of St Andrews Alumni Network.)

Some of the costumes called for a bit of imagination from onlookers. (Picture courtesy of University of St Andrews Alumni Network.)

Some of the costumes called for a bit of imagination from onlookers. (Picture courtesy of University of St Andrews Alumni Network.)

The 'academic children' came a range of imaginative and colourful costumes. (Picture courtesy of University of St Andrews Alumni Network.)

The 'academic children' came a range of imaginative and colourful costumes. (Picture courtesy of University of St Andrews Alumni Network.)

Students head for the foam party at Raisin Monday 2015. (Picture courtesy of University of St Andrews Alumni Network.)

Students head for the foam party at Raisin Monday 2015. (Picture courtesy of University of St Andrews Alumni Network.)