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Shetland Island town hosts annual 'Up Helly Aa' fire festival

7:22 AM, Jan 29, 2014   |    comments
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LERWICK, Scotland - The last Tuesday of every January is always a bright moment for one Shetland Island, Scotland town.

The traditional festival of fire, known as 'Up Helly Ha,' is a celebration of Shetland Island history in the town of Lerwick. The annual event has a long-standing history that dates back to the 1880s.

In full Viking garb, participants lug a Viking boat through the streets. The celebration then turns into a giant bonfire party as people throw flaming torches onto the ship.

What's left is hundreds dressed as Vikings gathered around a longboat engulfed in flames.

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