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ontd_political Photo(s) of the Day: Jan 27, 2010.


Up Helly Aa celebrates the influence of the Scandinavian vikings in the Shetland Islands, marking the end of the yule season, and has employed this theme in the festival since 1870. The event culminates with up to 1,000 'guizers' (men in costume) throwing flaming torches into a Viking longship. The event happens all over Shetland, but it is only the Lerwick galley which is not sent seaward. Everywhere else, the flaming galley is sent into the sea, in an echo of actual Viking sea burials.



Reuben Conroy, 10, a member of the Viking Jarl Squad, puts on his costume for the start of the annual Up Helly Aa Festival on January 26, 2010.




A shield, an axe and a helmet, belonging to a member of the the Viking Jarl Squad are pictured as they eat breakfast before the start of the annual Up Helly Aa Festival, in Lerwick, Shetland Islands, on January 26, 2010.




Members of the Viking Jarl Squad drink a cup of tea before the annual Up Helly Aa Festival, Lerwick, Shetland Islands, January 26, 2010




The Viking Jarl Squad are pictured as musicians play during the annual Up Helly Aa Festival, Lerwick, Shetland Islands, on January 26, 2010.




In a misty fog, a member of the Viking Jarl Squad prepares for the start of the Up Helly Aa Festival on January 26, 2010.













Members of the Viking Jarl Squad surround their leader or "Guizer Jarl" on a Viking galley ship on the Shetland Islands, on January 26, 2010.




The Chief of the Jarl viking squad stands before the burning viking longship during Up Helly Aa in Lerwick, Scotland on January 26, 2010.





Photographers:

Carl De Souza | AFP/Getty Images

Derek Blair | Telegraph.co.uk
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