For the first time, women are allowed to participate in the fire festival procession in the Shetland Islands / Article

Held on the last Tuesday of January, the festival grew out of an ancient Viking festival celebrating the rebirth of the sun after winter. Initially, a burning tar barrel was dragged around the city, later torchlight processions were held.

The festival is shrouded in mystery – until the day of the celebration, it is not known how the leader will be dressed and what will be symbolized, as well as other nuances. According to tradition, women could participate and lead various events, but were barred from the main procession.


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