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.

    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

Up-Helly-Aa

/ˌʌphɛlɪˈɑː/