February 5, 2013

In Focus: Up Helly Aa

In Lerwick, the capital of Scotland’s Shetland Islands, a fire festival named Up Helly Aa is held every January to mark the end of the yule season. Local participants called guizers celebrate their Norse heritage, dressing in Viking gear and marching through town with battle axes and torches as they drag a ceremonial Viking longboat. At the end of the procession, the guizers hurl their torches onto the longboat and set it ablaze. After the flames die down, guizers sing the traditional song “The Norseman’s Home” before a night of partying.

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    awesome !
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    Uhhh…awesome much?
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    I think that this would be the perfect end to Ascension. Some alumna should definitely suggest this.
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    Welcome to scenic Lerwick.
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  21. nslayton said: Someone needs to photoshop Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth into these photos. Please. In the name of all things geeky and awesome, please.
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