What do the Portuguese think of practices

Practices - A Portuguese Academic Tradition


It is likely that you have noticed students walking on the streets of Porto dark clothes roam about. It's called a practice and it actually started in Coimbra. Praxe is the 'baptism' of students at Portuguese universities and was created to mark a beginning for freshmen in the university community and to support the increased loss of social inhibitions.

Convention, rite and happiness are some of the key components of the practice. Older students create funny scenarios with and for the freshmen. Boys and girls have gender-specific rites to maintain respect and self-esteem. Many rites are performed together, but the practice is sometimes exaggerated by the advanced semesters. They sometimes change the initiation rites to assault or humiliation. These are a violation of the practice's beliefs.


The traditional clothing of the students is called capa e batina. The clothing has been used since the University of Porto was founded. The capa e batina clothing can change with the time of the fascism in Portugal which went on until 1974. At first girls wore a pink dress, but now the female outfit is similar to that of the men. Nowadays, men's training clothing includes black pants, a black vest, a cassock, a black tie, a simple white shirt as well as dark traditional shoes for men. The girls' clothes consist of a white top, dark coat, black tie, skirt and tights and low heels. Although the official clothing is mostly associated with the practice, all university students can wear them even if they are not attending the practice.


There are many related to university conventions and traditional clothing Events throughout the academic year. May is the month with the most parties: die Queima das Fitas Week (which includes the performance of the student music groups called Festivals of Tuna and other invited groups, the monumental serenade as well as the parade of all university students called Cortejo). You can read more about it in my blog post if you follow the link: Queima das Fitas.

The capa e batina outfit has J.K. Rowling, Author of the Harry Potter franchise, was heavily influenced in terms of what Hogwarts students wear. She lived in Portugal when she started writing the first Harry Potter book.


It is said that washing the capa e batina is exactly the same as forgetting the memories of university life, which is why traditional clothing is common not washed becomes. The outfit can also be used to show respect for places where the individual is or when the individual is in the presence of someone special. The ultimate expression of respect for academic life is putting clothes on the floor for someone to walk over.

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