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Up Helly Aa is a fire festival in Lerwick, the capital of Scotland's Shetland Islands. It happens in January to mark the end of the Yule season. People dress up in Viking gear, haul a replica Viking longboat through town, and then burn it.

 See the pictures here:

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2013/02/up-helly-aa/100453/

Photo credit: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

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  • That is interesting that the Scots still have issues with the Vikings who conquered them 1000 years ago.

    • Scots have issues with lots of folks – that’s why they’ve been such feared soldiers for so many years (usually, alas, in other folks armies!

  • We still mention the Mongols in Romania.

  • Liked the pictures….

  • +Franklin Morrison oh, you mean like the Christians, Jews, and Muslims who cannot seem to get over The Crusades??? and the moron "christians" who still blame the Jews for The Crucifixion? 

    humans never let anything go. if one descendent survives, hatred never dies.

  • Vikings' helmets didn't have horns, however.

  • I am a Viking–High School mascot.  Didn't see a doctor after being bitten by a brown recluse spider–TRUE VIKING spirit!

  • If you have been to burning man, you would know it is absolutely impossible to forget! :)

  • that would b good to see

  • " The first settlement to be known as Lerwick was founded in the 17th century as a herring and white fish seaport to trade with the Dutch fishing fleet"

  • mmmmmmmm salted herring

  • legal essa foto

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