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Holidays & Observances in Iceland

Iceland is a Northern European island. Its people are mostly descended from Nordic Vikings, and its detachment from other countries has allowed it to maintain its Nordic culture. Icelanders value independence and good work ethic above most other attributes. Religion is not an extremely important part of the culture, though many Icelanders identify themselves as Christians. Christian holidays are widely celebrated. Holidays celebrated in the summer tend to be more publicly and enthusiastically celebrated than winter holidays because of Iceland’s northern location. Most of the day is dark in the winter.

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Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Observance Type Religion/Belief
Christmas Eve Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Eve Public Christianity
Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Public Christianity
Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
St. Stephen's Day Public Christianity
New Years Eve Public
New Years Day Public
Valentines Day Popular & Widely Observed
International Women's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Maundy Thursday Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Good Friday Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Monday Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
First Day of Summer Public
Labour Day Public
Mothers Day Popular & Widely Observed
Ascension Day Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Whit Sunday Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Whit Monday Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Iceland National Day Public
Iceland National Day Public
Commerce Day Public
Halloween Popular & Widely Observed
All Saints' Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic
Fathers Day Popular & Widely Observed