Definition of Up-Helly-Aa in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌʌphɛlɪˈɑː/
(also Up-Helly-A')


An annual festival held at Lerwick in the Shetland Islands, celebrated as the revival of a traditional midwinter fire festival.
Example sentences
  • Vikings and Christians are to make their peace at this week's Up-Helly-Aa festival in Shetland when senior members of the Catholic and Episcopal churches attend the event for the first time in its history.
  • Up Helly Aa was so much better that I could have imagined, I loved every minute.


Variant of Scots Uphaliday, denoting Epiphany as the end of the Christmas holiday.

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