• move.shetland.org

    Fire Festivals from Around the World

    Held the last weekend of January, Up Helly Aa is a celebration of the Viking heritage of the the Scottish Shetland Islands. Locals march through the town of Lerwick dragging a ceremonial Viking longboat, which is then set on fire.

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    Fire Festivals from Around the World

    The ancient Hindu festival of Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, commemorates the return of the hero Rama to Ayodhya after completing 14 years of exile, as told in the ancient Hindu epic, Ramayana.

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    Fire Festivals from Around the World

    On October 22 each year men wearing loincloths and straw warrior sandals carry huge flaming torches through Kurama Mountain to the Yuki – jinja Shrine near the ancient capital of Kyoto.

  • fouman.com

    Fire Festivals from Around the World

    Honoring fire and light over dark, Sadeh is an Iranian tradition celebrated 50 days before Nowruz, the Persian new year.

  • MSNBC

    Fire Festivals from Around the World

    La Quema del Diablo, or “burning of the devil” occurs throughout Guatemala in anticipation of Christmas. The idea is to burn all the evil from the prior year to make way for the purity of the new.

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    Fire Festivals from Around the World

    Noche de San Juan commemorates St. John’s Day and is the biggest event in Alicante’s calendar. The multi-day festivities end with large bonfires and fireworks.

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