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Up Helly Aa

By Sophie 9 months ago 415 Views No comments

In the year leading up to this fantastic fire festival, locals are busy at work building an impressive replica Viking boat. Incredible effort and work goes into making every detail of the ship perfect and ready, just in time for the ancient Up Helly Aa festival. Since the 1800s, Shetland have been celebrating the 24th day after Christmas as 'Antonsmas' or 'Up Helly Night'. This annual celebration comprises of a number of fire festivals held in the middle of the winter season, to mark the end of the Yule season.