Feast of the Matriculation

Matriculation, Feast of the

February
The Feast of the Matriculation is a noisy and lighthearted celebration for university students in Italy. It is observed in various university cities, but the festivities are especially lively in Padua, where everyone in town as well as students from other parts of the country participate. The students march through the streets of Padua in noisy groups wearing the many-colored hats of their respective colleges. They all congregate at the famous CaffÉ Pedrocchi, where the celebration continues. Although no one is exactly sure what gave rise to this feast, it is apparently a very old tradition.
CONTACTS:
Italian Government Tourist Board
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SOURCES:
FestEur-1961, p. 114
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