Up-Helly-Aa


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Up-Helly-Aa

(ˌʌpˈhɛlɪɑː)
n
a midwinter festival held in January in Shetland; originally a fire festival, but now a celebration of Shetland's Norse heritage, involving the ceremonial burning of a newly built Viking ship
[from up (in the sense: finished) + haliday a Scottish form of holiday]
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The year's festival is set to draw fiery inspiration from Shetland's Up-Helly-Aa, with a visiting squad of 50 Vikings sailing down to make an appearance.
January is the perfect time to visit Shetland as Lerwick is the venue for Up-Helly-Aa, Britain's biggest and most spectacular fire festival, featuring a torch-lit parade of almost 1000 people dressed up as Vikings.
DJ explained: "There are festivals around the world, like Up-Helly-Aa in Shetland, which are amazing and really capture the local spirit.
To celebrate winter, he joins the local Shetlanders in their Viking Up-Helly-Aa Festival, but there's a surprise for him - he is asked to come in drag.
To celebrate winter, Simon joins the local Shetlanders in their Viking Up-Helly-Aa Festival, but there's a surprise for him, he is asked to come in drag.