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Mega Annual Viking Funeral 2018

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Get Your Viking Outfit Ready
Once a year in July, the people of Darwin turn all medieval and celebrate the ritual of the Viking Funeral. There is no known reason why this is done, in Darwin you really don't need a reason, but it is a whole lot of fun and an event not to be missed.

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Mega Annual Viking Funeral 2017. Photo: Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Association


Traditionally, Vikings would lay their deceased in a boat or stone ship, give offerings and bury the ship by piling stones and soil on top creating a tumulus. Many tumulus remain today throughout Scandinavia, honouring Viking kinds and chieftains.

To emulate this, the Darwin ritual includes the burning of a Viking vessel, often set alight by burning arrows sent high aloft by the Top End Bow Hunters.

mega annual viking funeral, dinah beach cruising yacht association, viking boat, stone ship, pig on a spit, hot food, drink, alcohol, bars,
Mega Annual Viking Funeral 2017. Photo: Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Association


Held at the Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Association, located at 68 Frances Bay Drive, Stuart Park on Saturday 14 July 2018, this is a fantastic opportunity to go all Viking.

Come along from 7 pm (gates open at 6 pm) for hot food, pig on a spit and great entertainment by the Darwin Pipe Band and Top End BowHunters and live music by The Neo. There will be extra bars and seating and competitions such as the 'Most Likely Viking' (Whelp, Wench and Warrior) for adults and competitions for kids.

mega annual viking funeral, dinah beach cruising yacht association, viking boat, stone ship, pig on a spit, hot food, drink, alcohol, bars,
Mega Annual Viking Funeral 2017. Photo: Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Association


Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the gate. Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Association members are free, join by 7 July for free entry.

Parking is available onsite or catch the bus from Casuarina or Darwin City.
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Why? Go medieval and celebrate Viking style.
When: Saturday 14 July 2018
Phone: 89817816
Where: Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Association
Cost: From free for members to $15 online and $20 at the gate.
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