Up Helly Aa: Europe’s Largest Fire Festival
Held for over 100 years on the last Tuesday in January, this unique tradition involves a torchlit procession of nearly one thousand men dressed in Viking regalia — the “disguises” take literally all year to make — through the streets of a small Shetland town, ’til they reach the Galley and a traditional Norse ship is burned.
Following the procession, the night is filled with acts and routines from the various groups in the procession, with the proceedings finally winding down at 8 am the following morning.
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