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Lerwick Up Helly Aa

An event in January in Shetland Isles
Lerwick
Shetland Isles
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Up Helly Aa is a tradition that originated in the 1880s. Since then the festival has been an annual occurrence in the Shetland calendar.

The day starts early with the the Guizer Jarl and his Jarl Squad (Vikings) marching through the town, then there are various processions, rituals and receptions before the visiting of the halls for dancing, which carries on until the next morning.

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