What is the Tuna tradition?

The Tuna tradition is an old Spanish tradition: ‘tunar’ means ‘to roam around’. In old times, students made music to pay for their studies. They were also called ‘Sopistas’: playing for food (soup) was also fine. And this is still noticable: eating and drinking is still very important.

Every field of study in Spanish universities has its own Tuna; the color of their beca (sash) corresponds with their studies. The cintas (ribbons) are for serenades that have been given.