In pictures: Up Helly Aa

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Image caption, Members of the Jarl Squad have been taking part in the annual Up Helly Aa Viking fire festival on the Shetland Isles
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Image caption, The celebrations, hailed as Europe's largest fire festival, involve locals of all ages stepping into the role of "guizers"
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Image caption, Originating in the 1880s, the Up Helly Aa tradition celebrates Shetland's Norse heritage, which dates back centuries
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Image caption, About 900 guizers, complete with flaming torches, drag a Viking galley through the streets of Lerwick
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Image caption, Hundreds of flaming torches are thrown onto the Viking galley at the spectacular culmination of the night
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Image caption, Up Helly Aa is said to be descended from the ancient festival of Yule, which the Vikings held to celebrate the rebirth of the sun
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Image caption, The festival attracts thousands of spectators to the islands, many travelling from around the globe to be part of the night
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Image caption, The cold night sky is lit up in apocalyptic style as the Jarl Squad shower the galley with burning torches
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Image caption, The fire festival is followed by a public holiday to allow islanders to recover from the night's celebrations

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