Up Helly Aa Viking Festival

Discussion in 'The Bar' started by Magnificent Mr. Hole, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. Magnificent Mr. Hole

    Magnificent Mr. Hole Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    57,453
    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2010
    Messages:
    20,684
    Likes Received:
    4,778
    The vikings are back! Well, at least for a day.

    Every last Tuesday of January -- no matter the weather -- Scotland's Shetland Islands celebrate Europe's largest fire festival, Up Helly Aa.

    http://www.uphellyaa.org/

    The Telegraph explains that thousands of visitors mark the influence of the Norsemen on the Shetland Islands by dressing up as vikings, holding torch-lit processions and setting a replica of a Viking ship alight.

    The tradition dates from 1881 and has been honored every year since, with the exception of 1901 for the Death of Queen Victoria and during both World Wars.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  2. Magnificent Mr. Hole

    Magnificent Mr. Hole Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    57,453
    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2010
    Messages:
    20,684
    Likes Received:
    4,778
  3. Mack

    Mack Well-Known Member VIP

    Reputations:
    206,503
    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2010
    Messages:
    75,729
    Likes Received:
    26,829
  4. deidler

    deidler New Member

    Reputations:
    -3
    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2012
    Messages:
    2,630
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have a Helly Hansen jacket. :cheer:
     
  5. Magnificent Mr. Hole

    Magnificent Mr. Hole Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    57,453
    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2010
    Messages:
    20,684
    Likes Received:
    4,778
    :nono:
     
  6. Magnificent Mr. Hole

    Magnificent Mr. Hole Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    57,453
    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2010
    Messages:
    20,684
    Likes Received:
    4,778
    :cheer2:
     
  7. Estocada

    Estocada Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    51,594
    Joined:
    May 9, 2012
    Messages:
    11,765
    Likes Received:
    8,366
    Looks like fun. Drink out of an elk horn, maybe do a little pillaging.
     
  8. Magnificent Mr. Hole

    Magnificent Mr. Hole Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    57,453
    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2010
    Messages:
    20,684
    Likes Received:
    4,778
    Looks like more fun than one of our Renaissance Fairs.
     
  9. Gomez

    Gomez Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    36,596
    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2011
    Messages:
    21,338
    Likes Received:
    6,119
    any folks with dark skin show up to this?
     
  10. Magnificent Mr. Hole

    Magnificent Mr. Hole Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    57,453
    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2010
    Messages:
    20,684
    Likes Received:
    4,778
    People with dark skin there just have lots of freckles. Although there are a lot of people in Scotland with Italian heritage.
     
  11. fenderbaum

    fenderbaum Active Member

    Reputations:
    300
    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2010
    Messages:
    22,508
    Likes Received:
    25
    That looks like a bunch of fun.
     
  12. Mur

    Mur soon

    Reputations:
    6,860
    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2011
    Messages:
    8,126
    Likes Received:
    1,121
  13. GHP

    GHP New Member Banned User

    Reputations:
    37
    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2010
    Messages:
    40,383
    Likes Received:
    6
    That's looks cool. I bet I would feel out of place though
     
  14. Gomez

    Gomez Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    36,596
    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2011
    Messages:
    21,338
    Likes Received:
    6,119
    See post #9 :coffee:
     
  15. Schmoopy

    Schmoopy Shit Mult Hunter Gold

    Reputations:
    200,285
    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2010
    Messages:
    212,899
    Likes Received:
    36,855
  16. Schmoopy

    Schmoopy Shit Mult Hunter Gold

    Reputations:
    200,285
    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2010
    Messages:
    212,899
    Likes Received:
    36,855
  17. GHP

    GHP New Member Banned User

    Reputations:
    37
    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2010
    Messages:
    40,383
    Likes Received:
    6
    No
     
  18. Chaos

    Chaos Active Member

    Reputations:
    108
    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2011
    Messages:
    23,205
    Likes Received:
    17
    I would do that in a heartbeat.