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.
What do you do if you live in the Shetland Islands on the last Tuesday of January? Well you dress up like this...
Lots of your friends dress up up like this. You're all VIKINGS.
PROUD VIKING WARRIORS.
Then you find a torch and set it alight.
You hold it above your head like the proud Viking you are.
Look at you, with a proud Viking beard and everything.
Then after marching throughout the town you find a Viking longship.
You march around it with all of your Viking mates.
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.
THE ACTUAL WHOLE THING ON FIRE.
BURN BABY BURN.
BEST. HOLIDAY. EVER.
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