After a torch-light procession of up to a thousand "guizers" through the streets of Lerwick a full-size replica Viking longship is ceremonially burned. The "guizers" and onlookers then repair to local halls for
a night of revelry, dancing and partying. (Not just a night to be honest, it carries on, another reason for me to go!)
Some pictures from the Shetland Islands web site and some from our t.v.
This is one thing I would like to personally witness before I pop my clogs.
In Aberdeenshire we have the Stonehaven Fireballs
This takes place on Hogmanay.
When I was at school last week, one little boy informed me his brother had touched one of the fireballs. I gazed at him in horror. "Afore it was lit." he told me scornfully.
I just love these Pagan Festivals. (And I adore men in kilts.)
Meanwhile, back at home and not in the flights of fantasy, well, I probably am still. Could be the antibiotics. Down the summer house/shed/drinking parlour/bird watching hide (Merlin again and 2 Buzzards doing a mating fly past) I realised I have to do a lot more on painting feathers.
Tis supposed to be a Merlin. The purple flowers are supposed to be heather.
May well be doing my own fire festival and burning all these crap paintings......