Many traditions are still preserved in the UK today. A celebration marking the end of winter and the coming of spring Viking heritage – native nations Norway – held in the Shetland Islands, Lerwick, recently.
Every year, in Lerwick, Shetland Island of Up Helly Aa festival took place. This year the event took place on January 29, 2013 last. Up Helly Aa festival celebrates cultural influences Vikings in the Shetland Islands, and the peak was 1000 when costumed men throwing fire and burn the Viking longs boat at night. The festival is also one proof of the influence of the Vikings who arrived in Shetland Islands 1,200 years ago.
The festival takes place in three stages. First is the 1,000 men who wear costumes lit a torch from the Viking forces afternoon. Then they walked to the beach with a replica of a Viking ship venue for the second procession. Further replica Viking ship burned. This method is similar to when a Viking warrior is to be cremated the bodies washed out to sea with his ship to get to Valhalla, the Viking heaven.
After the fire was extinguished the burning vessel then the procession of citizens and troops Vikings running back into town to continue the last procession of the feast. The event was filled with a variety of entertainment ranging from singing, dancing to show drinking beer.