Up Helly Aa – What Is It?

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Pic by Jane Barlow/PA

Scotland is a pretty diverse place. Each area, and even each town, can have its own accents, traditions and celebrations. One Festival that catches my attention every year is a carnival of fire and, well, partying it seems, in Shetland called ‘Up Helly Aa’.

Last night, hundreds of torch-bearers parade through the streets of Lerwick (the main town in Lerwick), before burning a replica Viking galley.

It is the biggest procession of its kind in Europe and celebrates the islands’ Viking heritage.

Check out these pics – looks excellent!

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Pic By Jane Barlow/PA
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Pic by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

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