Iceland Independence Day

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The Icelandic National Day or as you say it in Icelandic ‘’Þjóðhátíðardagurinn’’ is a big celebration and annual holiday in Iceland. On June 17th in 1944 the Republic of Iceland became fully independent and formally established, this date was chosen due to it is the birthday of Iceland independence movement leader Jón Sigurðsson (1811-1879). He fought long and hard for his country and the Icelandic people honor his birthday as an appreciation for his battle. On this day the country is full of life, you will find events all over Iceland that include parades, ceremonies, speeches, live music, performance, and a lot more entertainment. Each year, a young Icelandic woman is chosen to be Fjallkonan or ‘’The Mountain Woman’’, she gets dressed up in the Icelandic National Costume and recites poetry as part of the ceremony. At the end of the day, a ball is held in the City Hall.




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