Fire Festival – Up Helly Aa

Fire Festival

Once more
the night of fire
returns
Transforming
personalities
Exploring
Experimenting
with hidden desires
and identities
The fierceness
of the festival
Mesmerizing
Magical
Rejoicing
Winter’s end
 

 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

In response to Sue Vincent's Weekly Write/Photo
Challenge.  Her photo reminded me of the Viking
Fire Festivals in Scotland.

Read more about Up Helly Aa It is an annual
Viking Fire Festival in the Shetland Isles off the
east coast of Scotland in the North Sea.

  23 comments for “Fire Festival – Up Helly Aa

  1. April 26, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    This is not that particular festival…but very similar 🙂 Perfectly captured, Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 26, 2020 at 5:58 pm

      I figured it was a different one, it just reminded me of the Up Helly Aa fire festivals. Thanks Sue 🙂

      • April 27, 2020 at 1:39 am

        I believe they have attended Up Helly Aa too 🙂

      • Christine Bolton
        April 27, 2020 at 7:43 am

        For sure

  2. April 26, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    Perfect for the photo.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 26, 2020 at 6:02 pm

      Thank you! ☺️

      • April 26, 2020 at 6:06 pm

        You’re welcome 😉

  3. April 26, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    That does sound magical, Christine! 💞

    • Christine Bolton
      April 26, 2020 at 6:02 pm

      Thank you Punam 💕☺️

      • April 27, 2020 at 7:23 am

        My pleasure, dear. 🙂

  4. April 26, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    My zodiac sign’s element is fire, I think I’d be like fish to water when it comes to this fire festival. 😅

    Thank you for sharing about your culture in the form of such a delightful post.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 26, 2020 at 11:49 pm

      Thanks Sidharth. Although I’m British I did not grow up in Scotland so did not experience Up Helly Aa first hand. I just know about them

      • April 27, 2020 at 7:24 pm

        Well I live in India, I didn’t even know that such kind of festival even existed. 😅 Festivals aren’t meant to merely experienced, they are to be celebrated which you have done so splendidly through your glorious words. Well done, Christine. 👌👏

      • Christine Bolton
        April 28, 2020 at 8:31 am

        Thank you Sidharth. Beautiful, colorful India is one of my favorite countries. You have many wonderful festivals 🙂

      • April 28, 2020 at 7:33 pm

        Its good to know that you think so highly about India. I deal with British customers so I’m rather captivated by the English culture as well. Have you ever been to India in the past?

      • Christine Bolton
        April 28, 2020 at 10:35 pm

        Yes two times. Many years ago to Mumbai (Bombay) and them 7 years ago to New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. A wonderful visit and memorable 🙂

      • April 29, 2020 at 8:43 pm

        Oh you have been to Delhi.. Do let me know if you plan to drop by anytime in the future once this corona virus eradicates. I’d be happy to be your guide and perhaps help you explore my city in a unique way. You are always welcomed to visit India again. 😁

      • Christine Bolton
        April 30, 2020 at 8:34 am

        You are so kind! ☺️

  5. April 26, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    grand description of an emotional festival Christine, I have not heard of it and will look it up now

    • Christine Bolton
      April 26, 2020 at 11:47 pm

      Thanks Gina🙂 I included a link

  6. April 27, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    Very nice but I never heard of Up Helly Aa. Am I too old already, somehow? lol

    • Christine Bolton
      April 28, 2020 at 8:33 am

      Well it’s a Viking festival so it’s pretty old 🤣

      • April 28, 2020 at 8:52 am

        Hahaha. Oh must be like the Renaissance festivals we have here. I’ve been a few times 🤣

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