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Up Helly Aa Fire

Up Helly Aa is a fire festival that is held annually in the Shetland Islands of Scotland. It takes place on the last Tuesday in January, and is one of the largest fire festivals in Europe.

The festival begins with a procession of up to 1,000 men, known as guizers, who dress in Viking costumes and carry torches. At the end of the procession, the torches are used to set fire to a replica Viking longship, which is then burned in the town square.

The festival is a celebration of the region’s Viking heritage, and is believed to have originated in the 1880s as a way for local people to mark the end of the yule season. Today, Up Helly Aa is a major tourist attraction and a key part of Shetland’s cultural identity.

In addition to the torchlight procession and longship burning, the festival includes a variety of other activities, such as music, dancing, and feasting. It is a time for the community to come together and celebrate their shared history and culture.

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