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Pictures: Amazing Viking fire festival in Shetland

Hundreds of people take part in the Shetland Islands' traditional fire festival.
Up Helly Aa is a big fire festival that's held on the Shetland Islands every year. It's a traditional festival that started way back in the 1880s.
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People all over Shetland dress up in traditional Viking gear and march through town to celebrate their Norse heritage.
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It's thought that Up Helly Aa developed from the ancient festival of Yule, which the Vikings held to celebrate the rebirth of the sun.
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During the marches everyone carries a firey torch, over 1,000 are used every year. In the run up to the festival local kids, known as Torch Boys, make all the torches by hand using hessian sacks.
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The men who dress up for the festival are known as guizers. They are led by the Guizer Jahl who can be recognised by the winged helmet he wears.
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The Guizer Jahl and his squad tradionally design and make their own outfits. They have to have a different one each year and usually start making them nearly a year in advance.
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The highlight of the night is when all the guizers stand in a circle singing traditional songs and throw their torches onto the galley (a traditional Viking boat).
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The festival attracts thousands of people from around the world. The day after the festival is a public holiday to give everyone time to recover!
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