Up Helly Aa

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Date(s) - 01/29/2019
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Up Helly Aa is variety of fire festivals held annually in the Shetland Islands of Scotland, in the middle of winter to mark the end of the yule season. The festival involves a procession of up to a thousand guizers carrying torches in Lerwick. Up Helly Aa honors the strong Scandinavian roots in Shetland and every year, a longship is built in Lerwick. Once the longship has burned and the flames die down, guizers sing the traditional song “The Norseman’s Home” before going on to a night of partying. Any available large room is pressed into service as a hall, presided over by a hostess who issues invitations to attend, and every guizer squad visits every hall in turn to dance and drink with the guests. 

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