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Remember, Remember the Fifth of November
Lighting Up the Night
All over the UK Fire Festivals light up and shorten the long, Northern European nights. Drawing on a heritage of Viking, Celtic, Anglo Saxon and ancient British traditions, and throwing in some modern high spirits for good measure, Brits don't need much of an excuse for lighting the touch paper to an assortment of fiery late autumn and midwinter celebrations. Giantic fireworks displays, huge bonfires, torchlight parades and breathtaking displays of fearlessness in the face of flames are all part of the UK Fire Festivals season. Take a look!
Bonfires commemorate the foiling of a 17th century plot to blow up Parliament. Celebrants burn effigies of Guy Fawkes, one of the plotters, on the bonfires.Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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Flaming Tar Barrel in Ottery St. Mary
UK Fire Festivals - The Flaming Tar Barrel is one of the UK's bizarre, fiery celebrations for Guy Fawkes.Continue to 3 of 11 below.
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The Daring Young Man Under the Flaming Tar Barrel
Carrying the Flaming Tar Barrel is a daredevil activity in Devon, one of the UK's unusual Fire Festivals.Continue to 4 of 11 below.
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The Burning of the Clocks in Brighton
Brighton marks the Winter Solstice with The Burning of the Clocks. A paper lantern parade ends with fireworks and a bonfire on the beach.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Torchlight Procession Kicks off Edinburgh's Hogmanay Festivities
The Torchlight Procession that begins Hogmanay, Edinburgh's 4-day New Year's celebration, is a family affair. At least 15,000 torchbearers march.Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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Wicker Figure Meets at Fiery End on Carlton Hill, Edinburgh
The conclusion of of Edinburgh Hogmany is a blazing bonfire on Carlton Hill, usually involving a huge wicker figure.Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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An Orgy of Flame at the Stonehaven Fireball Parade
Brave fireball swingers are enveloped in flame during the Stonehaven Fireball celebration, part of Hogmanay in this Scottish town.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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UK Fire Festival - Up Helly Aa in Shetland
Locals dressed as Vikings march through the streets of Lerwick in the Shetland Islands on the last Tuesday in January, for the festival known as Up Helly Aa.Continue to 10 of 11 below.
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A Dramatic Climax to Up Helly Aa
As many as 1,000 "Vikings" surround the doomed Viking galley. They will soon set it alight with their torches at the climax of Up Helly Aa, a late January UK Fire Festival in Lerwick, capital of Shetland.Continue to 11 of 11 below.
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Viking Longboat is Licked By Flames
The dramatic moment of Shetland's Up Helly Aa occurs when 1,000 Vikings set a colorful longboat ablaze with their torches at the water's edge.