Definition of Up-Helly-Aa in English:

Up-Helly-Aa

(also Up-Helly-A')

noun

  • An annual festival held at Lerwick in the Shetland Islands, celebrated as the revival of a traditional midwinter fire festival.

    • ‘Up Helly Aa was so much better that I could have imagined, I loved every minute.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

Up-Helly-Aa

/ˌʌphɛlɪˈɑː/