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Meaning of "Up-Helly-Aa" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD UP-HELLY-AA

From up (finished) + haliday a Scottish form of holiday.
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PRONUNCIATION OF UP-HELLY-AA

Up-Helly-Aa  [ˌʌpˈhɛlɪɑː] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF UP-HELLY-AA

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Up-Helly-Aa is a noun.
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WHAT DOES UP-HELLY-AA MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Up-Helly-Aa

Up Helly Aa

Up Helly Aa refers to any of a variety of fire festivals held in Shetland, in Scotland, annually in the middle of winter to mark the end of the yule season. The festival involves a procession of up to a thousand guizers in Lerwick and considerably lower numbers in the more rural festivals, formed into squads who march through the town or village in a variety of themed costumes. The current Lerwick celebration grew out of the older yule tradition of tar barrelling which took place at Christmas and New Year as well as Up Helly Aa. Squads of young men would drag barrels of burning tar through town on sledges, making mischief. After the abolition of tar barrelling around 1874–1880, permission was eventually obtained for torch processions. The first yule torch procession took place in 1876. The first torch celebration on Up Helly Aa day took place in 1881. The following year the torchlit procession was significantly enhanced and institutionalised through a request by a Lerwick civic body to hold another Up Helly Aa torch procession for the visit of the Duke of Edinburgh. The first galley was introduced and burned in 1889. There is a main guizer who is dubbed the "Jarl".

Definition of Up-Helly-Aa in the English dictionary

The definition of Up-Helly-Aa in the dictionary is a midwinter festival held in January in Shetland; originally a fire festival, but now a celebration of Shetland's Norse heritage, involving the ceremonial burning of a newly built Viking ship.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH UP-HELLY-AA


evangeliar
ˌevənˈdʒelɪɑː
milliare
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WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE UP-HELLY-AA

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Synonyms and antonyms of Up-Helly-Aa in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translator English - Chinese

向上的Helly -机管局
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Translator English - Spanish

Up- Helly - Aa
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Up-Helly-Aa
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Translator English - Hindi

ऊपर Helly -AA
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Translator English - Arabic

يصل هيلي -AA
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Up- Helly - Aa
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Up- Helly -Aa
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আপ-Helly-আ
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Up- Helly - Aa
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Up-Helly-Aa
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Up- Helly - Aa
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アップヘリー-AA
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Translator English - Korean

업 HELLY -AA
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Translator English - Javanese

Up-Helly-Aa
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Up- Helly - Aa
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அப்-Helly-ஆ
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Translator English - Marathi

अप-हली-ए
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Up-Helly-Aa
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Translator English - Italian

Up - Helly - Aa
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Up - Helly - Aa
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Up- Helly - Aa
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Up - Helly - Aa
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Up - Helly - Aa
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Up- Helly Aa -
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Up - Helly - Aa
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Up- Helly - Aa
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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «UP-HELLY-AA»

Discover the use of Up-Helly-Aa in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to Up-Helly-Aa and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Up-helly-aa: Custom, Culture, and Community in Shetland
This is the first full study of the historical origins and contemporary significance of Up-Helly-AA. It traces the formation of Yule celebrations in the 1840s into the civic ritual constructed in the 1880s and 1890s by Shetland nationalists ...
Callum G. Brown, 1998
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The Origins of Drama in Scandinavia
This festival, in its present form, is relatively recent: see Newall, 'Up-Helly Aa\ passim. 366 See Jakobsen, An etymological dictionary, I, p.275, and II, pp.778- 779; Marwick, The folklore of Orkney, p.91 and pp. 115-1 17; and Newall, 'Up- Helly ...
Terry Gunnell, 1995
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Up Helly AA
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online.
Lambert M Surhone, Mariam T Tennoe, Susan F Henssonow, 2011
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100 Things to Do Before You Die: Travel Events You Just ...
Up-Helly-Aa. Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland GPS Lat: 60.15000 N Lon: 001.15000 E Scotland's remote Shetland Islands play host to a mythic, flaming spectacle like no other on the planet. Didn't you get your invitation? A decision was ...
Dave Freeman, Neil Teplica, 1999
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Lighting Our World: A Year of Celebrations
JANUARY. Up. Helly. Aa. (Shetland. Islands,. Scotland). Hello, my name is Sophie. I live with my family in the Shetland Islands in Scotland. On the last Tuesday of January we celebrate Up Helly Aa, the largest re festival in Europe. It's a fun ...
Catherine Rondina, 2012
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Myth and Materiality in a Woman's World: Shetland 1800-2000
These women did not have power in the traditional sense but they possessed an identity as workers and aspired to independence. Their sexuality was not the sole or determining element of their identity. Notes 4 Brown, Up-helly-aa, pp. 84-96.
Lynn Abrams, 2005
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Paganism: A Very Short Introduction
The burning of the barrels was introduced to help light the openair, nighttime Methodist hymn services conducted on New Year's Eve. The most well-known case of the re-invention of a tradition to give it a pagan heritage is the Up-helly-aa  ...
Owen Davies, 2011
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Orkney & Shetland Islands Footprint Focus Guide: Includes ...
Packed with practical and detailed advice on how to navigate these ancient archipelagos, this concise Footprintfocus guide helps you make the most out of your trip without weighing you down
Alan Murphy, 2014
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Sandison's Scotland
Throughout these exceptional tales, Bruce Sandison’s love for his native land shines through as he brings the people, culture and history of Scotland to life.
Bruce Sandison, 2012
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Shetlandic Culture: Shetland Music, Mareel, Bongshang, Hom ...
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Source Wikipedia, LLC Books, 2010

3 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «UP-HELLY-AA»

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First woman appointed chief Viking of Up Helly Aa
As revealed by our sister paper, Scotland on Sunday, the committee of the South Mainland Up-Helly-Aa festival approved the move to appoint a woman to the ... «Scotsman, Mar 15»
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The annual Shetland Up-Helly-Aa festival celebrates the islands …
These are just four of Up-Helly-Aa's 959 guizers, split between 47 separate squads. The men in costume will spend the next hour or so processing through the ... «Scotsman, Jan 11»
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Mid-Winter Mayhem Livens Up Scottish Isles
At the head of the parade is Guizer Jarl, a prestigious position selected each year from the members of the Up-Helly-Aa "Committee." To be selected, one must ... «Spiegel Online, Jun 08»

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