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Up Helly Aa festival: modern-day Vikings celebrate in Shetland Islands

Source: telegraph.co.uk
Video shows impressive modern-day Viking fire celebration in Lerwick, Shetland Islands



Hundreds of modern-day Vikings descended on Lerwick to celebrate the Up Helly Aa festival.

The festival, which began in 1870, celebrates the influence of the Scandinavian Vikings in the Shetland Islands.


The Viking longboat burns during the annual Up Helly Aa festival in Lerwick, Shetland Islands (Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

Shetland and neighbouring island Orkney were ruled by the Norse for about 500 years until they became part of Scotland in 1468.



Up Helly Aa is held on the last Tuesday in January every year, whatever the weather, and the event culminates with up to 1,000 'guizers' - men in Viking costume - throwing flaming torches into a Viking longship.





Source: telegraph.co.uk

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