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Imbolc Countdown: Celebrate Up Helly Aa

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Up Helly Aa celebrates the Shetland's Viking heritage
Up Helly Aa celebrations involve lots of fire and revelry
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Scotland's Shetland Islands have a rich Viking heritage, and in fact were a part of Norway for some five centuries. As such, the people who live there have a culture that is a unique blend of Scandinavian and Scottish. The town of Lerwick seems to be the home of Up Helly Aa, which is a relatively modern celebration that traces its roots back to the Shetlands' Pagan origins. It involves a Viking longship, armor, and lots of fire. Doesn't it sound like fun? This year, Up Helly Aa falls on January 28th. Up Helly Aa Celebration
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February 4, 2013 at 6:39 am
(1) JD says:

Lerwick’s was incredible this year too, if totally and completely rain drenched.

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