Friday, June 17, 2005

Iceland National Independence Day


Crowds flock onto the streets throughout Iceland on 17 June every year to commemorate the birth of Jón Sigurðsson, the 19th-century leader of Iceland's peaceful movement which ultimately brought independence from Denmark. This is the closest thing in the country to a carnival and is celebrated with parades, speeches, sport competitions, lots of outdoor entertainment and plenty of dancing.

The day tends to start off on a solemn and patriotic note, but by the afternoon the mood changes and the fun breaks out. Everyone takes the day off to be entertained by street performances, theatre, fire-eaters and to enjoy the real festival atmosphere.

Each town and village celebrates in their own way so it is advisable to check locally for details. This is such a popular date that it has been chosen for most major events of historical importance, the greatest being the establishment of the independent republic in 1944.


Have a look at this too, if you´d like to view some marvellous photos of today´s festivities:



3 comments:

square said...

Iceland sounds nice but it also sounds like it very cold up there I have images of Eskimoes with heavy heavy jackets. Good luck with the interview. I am also looking for a job. Had interview today went all wrong. Good Luck with yours.

dezerai.... said...

nice sleepy lil town:)

Greta said...

Hi Squere...
you´re wrong...the eskimos, or the Inuits, as they like to be called, live up in Greenland, which I know, sounds mudh warmer than Iceland...
guess that´s why Erik the Red named it so, for commercial reasons, luring people to go there...
Hrafnaflóki on the other hand thought Iceland was so nice that he just wanted it to himself and his family, so that´s why he called it Iceland...
That´s what my teacher told me at school, anyway, a long time ago.

Hi Dezerai...
you should be in down-town Reykjavík on an ordimary weekend, I´m convinced you´d not find it sleepy at all, in fact I think you would find it very hard to sleep!
And especially so now in June with it not getting dark at all during the night, due to the midnight-sun.