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Thousands in Edinburgh, Scotland welcome the New Year by burning a Viking ship

In yesterday's post, linked here, we saw how Peruvian Shamans welcome the New Year with blessings. In Scotland, thousands gather to dress as Vikings and set things on fire. While the two rituals are quite different, and worlds apart, I'd say they both have their allure.

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Men dressed as Vikings lead the torchlight procession as it makes its way along Princess Street for the start of the New Year celebrations on Dec. 30 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Thousands of people joined in the torchlight procession, followed by the burning of a Viking long ship.

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Thousands gather for the torchlight procession in Edinburgh which starts the New Year celebrations on Dec. 30 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Men dressed as Vikings watch fireworks on Calton Hill for the start of the New Year celebrations on Dec. 30 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Thousands of people joined in the torchlight procession, followed by the burning of a Viking long ship.

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Revellers gather on Calton Hill for the start of the New Year celebrations on Dec. 30 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Thousands of people joined in a torchlight procession which was followed by the burning of a Viking long ship to kick off four days of events.