Up Helly Aa - 2017 (No. 2)

A second Up Helly Aa cover bearing the Scottish Saltire stamp and produced by Ridgewood Publishing bearing special hand stamp dated 31 Jan 2017
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Product Code: TS-527-FDC

Up Helly Aa Fire Festival - 2017

Up Helly Aa refers to any of a variety of fire festivals held in Shetland, in Scotland, annually in the middle of winter to mark the end of the Yule season. The festival involves a procession of up to a thousand guizers in Lerwick and considerably lower numbers in the more rural festivals, formed into squads who march through the town or village in a variety of themed costumes.

Up Helly Aa is a tradition that originated in the 1880s. Since then the festival has been an annual occurrence in the Shetland calendar with few notable exceptions due to the advent of wars and the deaths of notable national figures.

Since 2007 the festival organisers have issued an annual commemorative stamped cover bearing specially designed and commissioned Smilers stamps and labels with attractively designed labels celebrating the Up Helly Aa tradition.

This cover was produced by Ridgewood Publishing and bears a Scottish Saltire stamp with special limited availability handstamp dated 31 Jan 2017.  Whole sheets of this stamp/label are also available to purchase - look under GB - Themed Smilers.