Puffs of breath mist the cold air as a lone horn signals to the crowd of torch-bearing men. Old ballads & the sound of thousands of stamping feet accompany a massive Viking longship as it’s dragged through dark streets. The procession ends with the longship’s torching and is followed by uproarious celebration until the wee hours. This pagan fire festival ends Yuletide feasting and symbolizes the rebirth of the sun.
Let’s honour our inner Viking with a glass of ale and a toast to our fellows: “Drink hail! I drink & good luck be to you!”.
On Thursday, January 26th don your kilt* and join us for our annual Up Helly Aa celebration, which among other festivities will include our own flaming longship and the chance to send your wishes for the New Year to Valhalla.
*a free beer for the kilt-wearing