There are so many things we don’t know about places we travel…
Although I have family in Portugal and I have been learning about Portuguese’s culture since an early age, I had no clue about “Burning of the Ribbons” ceremony.
We were sightseeing in Porto and at the time we got tired, we went to a bus stop in order to get a bus back to our rental apartment.
We waited and waited and waited and….. no buses!?!
After a lot of time a gentle man came to us and told there would be no buses at that bus stop because the street was on the itinerary for the “Burning of the Ribbons” parade.
“Burning of the Ribbons” ? !? What the * is this?!?!
We went to the street where the main parade would start and asked people around us what all the fuss was about.
“Burning of the Ribbons” (Queima das Fitas) is a student celebration that happens every year, during the first week of May, before the beginning of the study period preceding the school’s last exams.
During the parade the graduates wear a top-hat and a walking cane (both the color of their Faculty) while the sophomores wear the traditional costume with their capes fully crossed. They sing songs, dance and party nit only by foot but on top of vehicles that are part on the parade.
We had fun while watching the Burning of the Ribbons’s parade.