LONDON — Hundreds of people dressed as Vikings descended on Lerwick in Shetland Tuesday for the annual Up Helly Aa fire festival.
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A replica Viking longship was torched as part of the celebrations, which celebrate the island's Norse heritage.
Although the festival is based on Viking tradition, it actually only dates back as far as the 1880s. With a handful of exceptions it's been held every year since.
Members of the Jarl Squad dressed in Viking costumes, hold flaming torches during the Up Helly Aa Viking festival, in Lerwick on the Shetland Isles.
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