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Celebrating Icelandic National Day
A brand new week, which also happens to be the final week of school for my girlies.
Whew! Cannot wait till we don't have to wake up at the crack of dawn.
Today, I caught up on a great deal of writing deadlines, which always feels sooo good. As you know, I write a weekly column for TheIsTheBronx.info, as well as my twice weekly blog for "The Bronx Traveler" on Heart of the Bronx.com.
I just love writing about travel and destinations!!
In fact, as it turns out, today just happens to be Icelandic National Day, a place that has been featured here on Travelin' Cousins many times, in light of Travelin' Tanya's several visits during the past few years.
Since 1944, the National Day of Iceland has been celebrated annually on June 17th.
This holiday commemorates when Iceland declared full independence from the Danish crown and formed the Republic of Iceland.
According to IcelandNaturally.com, June 17th became the official day of the holiday because it is also the birthday of Jon Sigurdsson, a prominent leader in the Icelandic Independence Movement. Each year, Iceland celebrates on a bigger and better scale for the country’s national holiday. This year marks the 71st anniversary of Icelandic independence.
Celebrations for "Independence Day" include parades, street dances and more.
One of the focal points of the festivities is Fjallkonan, the woman of the mountain. A performer wears the national costume and recites a poem to the crowd.
Fjallkonan represents the spirit and nature of Iceland and is a symbol of Iceland’s fight for independence. After her significant appearance, musical performances, speeches and other activities ensue.
The local towns and cities all participate in this important day with fun activities and merriment.
To read all about Tanya's adventures, check out these previous published Daily Scoops and articles:
Iceland - Land of Fire & Ice
Memories of an Icelandic Horseback ride
C is for Cookie - The perfect little cafe in Reykjavik, Iceland
Mystery of The Northern Lights of Iceland
It's amazing to me, just how many fascinating places there are around the globe, with rich historic cultures! Iceland is clearly one of them!