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Noo, dat da nights ir dran in here in Shetland that means we are underway in prepping for our festive season. Not Christmas no, UP HELLY AA!
From January to March we celebrate 12 individual and totally unique Fire Festivals which celebrate the end of winter incorporating our rich Viking heritage.
From now until then, hundreds of Shetlanders are involved in preparing every last detail to ensure our festivals deliver an amazing spectacular. Every detail from designing the Viking wear to building the Galleys is a massive skilled task which involves a huge proportion of the local populations from Da Ness to Unst.
Being a Shetland lass, I’ve been involved in Up Helly Aa since I can remember. The excitement of the Jarl Squad visit as we screamed out ‘The Up Helly Aa Song’ as the Jarl (chief) lead his squad of Vikings around for the day was a memorable part of growing up in Shetland. Then as you get older and you become involved in the build up, the 24hour long party and the many social events throughout the year it’s no wonder January to March is a constant whirl wind of excitement, fun and culture. It’s truly a special time of year to spend in Shetland.
Up Helly Aa can be a confusing picture to piece together for those who haven’t been involved in it, so I recommend watching this amazing video made by @promoteshetland which beautifully demonstrates Up Helly Aa in one of our many communities - SMUHA: https://youtu.be/uJsGlBHU5fc
For more information on Up Helly Aa you can read about the main event held in the capital here: https://www.shetland.org/things/events/up-helly-aa/lerwick-up-helly-aa
Enjoy... maybe I’ll see you at an Up Helly Aa in 2020?
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