Shetlanders Celebrate Annual Viking Festival Of Fire

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Members of the 2013 'Jarl Squad' prepare for the annual Up Helly Aa... News PhotoAnnual Event,Arts Culture and Entertainment,Burning,Holiday - Event,Lerwick,Offbeat,People,Preparation,Scotland,UK,Up Helly Aa,VerticalPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPMembers of the 2013 'Jarl Squad' prepare for the annual Up Helly Aa festival which culminates in the burning of a Viking Galley in Lerwick, Shetland Islands on January 29, 2013. Up Helly Aa celebrates the influence of the Scandinavian Vikings in the Shetland Islands and culminates with up to 1,000 'guizers' (men in costume) throwing flaming torches into their Viking longboat and setting it alight later in the evening. AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANAN (Photo credit should read Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)