today’s holiday: Thjodhatid

Thjodhatid

Thjodhatid is a three-day “people’s feast” celebrated in the Vestmannaeyjar area (or Westmann Islands) of Iceland. The festival commemorates the granting of Iceland’s constitution on July 1, 1874; because of foul weather, the island people of Vestmannaeyjar weren’t able to attend the mainland celebration, so they held their own festival at home a month later. Most of the festivities take place on Heimaey Island. Enormous bonfires are built, and there are sporting events, dancing, singing, eating and drinking. People come from the mainland for this event, so the island is filled with campers. More… Discuss

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