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Shetland's "Up Helly Aa" Fire Festival Looks Like The Best Festival On Earth

A yearly tradition in the Shetland Islands, where people dress up as Vikings and set alight to a longship, to celebrate the end of the Christmas season.

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Then after marching throughout the town you find a Viking longship.

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The town is in darkness as all of the streetlights are turned off, so the torches can really glow.

And then after you've marched around it for a bit (and after a bit of a singalong), you throw your torches into the ship AND SET THE WHOLE SHIP ON FIRE.


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What then follows? Hours of dances and performances in nearby halls, followed by a public holiday the next day so everyone can recover. This is the best holiday ever.

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