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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 2010 OG

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    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.

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  2. Magnificent Mr. Hole

    Magnificent Mr. Hole Well-Known Member 2010 OG

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    I have a Helly Hansen jacket. :cheer:
     
  5. Magnificent Mr. Hole

    Magnificent Mr. Hole Well-Known Member 2010 OG

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    :nono:
     
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    Magnificent Mr. Hole Well-Known Member 2010 OG

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    :cheer2:
     
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    Looks like fun. Drink out of an elk horn, maybe do a little pillaging.
     
  8. Magnificent Mr. Hole

    Magnificent Mr. Hole Well-Known Member 2010 OG

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    Looks like more fun than one of our Renaissance Fairs.
     
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    Gomez VIP Extreme Gold

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    any folks with dark skin show up to this?
     
  10. Magnificent Mr. Hole

    Magnificent Mr. Hole Well-Known Member 2010 OG

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    People with dark skin there just have lots of freckles. Although there are a lot of people in Scotland with Italian heritage.
     
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    That looks like a bunch of fun.
     
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    That's looks cool. I bet I would feel out of place though
     
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    Gomez VIP Extreme Gold

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    See post #9 :coffee:
     
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    No
     
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    I would do that in a heartbeat.