Jump to content

Up Helly Aa


peeriebryan
 Share

Recommended Posts

I probably won't be here. I haven't been out in a squad for years. When the actual day comes, I kinda wish I was, but I can't be bothered with all the squad meetings 'n' stuff for during the months before hand.

 

I think Up Helly Aa is a bit of a laugh and nothing more. There are certainly folk who take it very seriously though (i.e. the commitee) But I can't see how you can fault dressing up, getting pissed, setting fire to a boat, being driven around Lerwick and dancing with women all night. Or is there something about tradition and culture or whatever that I'm missing......

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The tradition/culture angle is entirely modern, truth be told. The viking heritage, well, i've mentioned that elsewhere. Even the 'beard wearing' is a recent addition.

 

Call it a piss-up/social/community event to brighten up long winter nights and it's a-ok. Call it anything else and you're full of it.

 

It wouldn't really matter if we burned a 'long-ship' or a 'massey-ferguson' really.

 

My cynicism is in keeping with the genius that spawned the now forgotten "Pictish-Festival". Revive it and throw in some kind of fertility turd and a votive offering and we've got it in spades.

 

Or more to the point 4 festivals! one for each season. All year tourist attractions to boot!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest Anonymous

Serious message here. Can somebody.....marshalls, police or whoever put a stop to the uncaring idiots who stand in front of the disabled peoples cars outside King Erik House. Last year I came close to shouting at the police who did not move them.....this year who knows?.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...