what is up helly aa?

There are hundreds of nations around the world, so the festivals they celebrated can also be counted by hundreds while many of them are related to the fire. Similarly, the Vikings had their own traditional festival regarding fire, too. Its modern version is called the Up Helly Aa. It’s celebrated on the last Tuesday of January, on …

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Life During the Viking Era

It has been nearly one thousand years since the last Vikings ventured abroad raiding and pillaging peasant towns and Christian monasteries. Yet the enduring imagery of monks being slaughtered and churches being looted is ever present in our minds. Every time someone utters the word ‘’Viking’’ we tend only to think of violent, barbaric warriors …

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