Up Helly Aa Shetland Festival Quotes Photos Pictures
Next week, the Church of Scotland-run Scots Hotel on the Sea of Galilee in Tiberias is holding an Up-Helly-Aa ceremony at water’s edge. This is part of a “Scotland Festival” on for a week. Several of us are piping. Any body out there done one of these Shetland (and Orcadian?) fire festivals?
What does Up-Helly-Aa mean?
A piper I know in the Shetland Islands sent me pipe versions for the Up-Helly-Aa Song, the Galley Song, and The Norseman’s Home.
So do we run a viking longboat into the water and set it on fire? Sounds very pagan, especially surrounded by New Testament preaching sites and the tombs of so many ancient and medieval Rabbis. Not to mention being another one of those winter solstice holidays, which we’re doing in 40 C/104 Fahr. at 210 m/650 ft below sea level.
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