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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 Common Observance Observance Type Religion/Belief
Halloween Halloween Popular & Widely Observed
All Saints' Day All Saints' Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic
Fathers Day Father's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Christmas Eve Christmas Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Eve Christmas Public Christianity
Christmas Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Christmas Public Christianity
Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
St. Stephen's Day Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Public Christianity
New Years Eve New Year's Public
New Years Day New Year's Public
Valentines Day Valentine's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Maundy Thursday Maundy Thursday Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Good Friday Good Friday Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Easter Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Monday Easter Monday Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
First Day of Summer Seasons Public
Labour Day Labour Day Public
Mothers Day Mothers' Day Popular & Widely Observed
Ascension Day Ascension Day Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Whit Sunday Pentecost (Whit Sunday) Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Whit Monday Whit (Pentecost) Monday Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Iceland National Day National Day Public
Iceland National Day Independence Day Public
Commerce Day Public