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Easter
Iceland

Easter 2019 and 2020

All of Holy Week leading up to “Paskar” (Easter) is still celebrated in Iceland. It is a time to remember the Resurrection of Christ and all the important events leading up to it almost 2,000 years ago. Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Monday are official public holidays.

YearDateDayHoliday
201918 AprThuMaundy Thursday
19 AprFriGood Friday
22 AprMonEaster Monday
20209 AprThuMaundy Thursday
10 AprFriGood Friday
13 AprMonEaster Monday

On Palm Sunday, it’s the traditional time for church confirmations and festive meals following them. But Maundy Thursday, the day of the Last Supper, is also a popular time for confirmations and confirmation parties.

Good Friday is a day when all businesses are supposed to close down, and it’s to be a somber time of remembering Jesus’ sacrificial death. But some from the Icelandic Atheist Society hold bingo events right in front of parliament to protest.

On Easter, after church services, people will go on Easter egg hunts, eat large quantities of chocolate, and have lamb dishes at family dinners. On “Second Day of Easter” (Easter Monday,) people finish off any remaining eggs and just relax to recover from the festivities the day before.

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