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Iceland : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months

  • Currency: Krona (ISK)
  • Internet domain: .is - Telephone code: +354 - International dialing code: 00 - GMT offset: 0 (DST: no)
  • Weekend: Saturday & Sunday
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    Wednesday february 14, 2024Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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    Friday march 1, 2024Beer festivalEvents, celebrations...
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    Friday march 22, 2024Spring holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Thursday march 28, 2024Maundy ThursdayCatholic or protestant
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    Friday march 29, 2024Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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    Sunday march 31, 2024EasterCatholic or protestant
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    Monday april 1, 2024Easter MondayCatholic or protestant
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    Tuesday april 2, 2024Spring holiday (end)School holidays
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    Thursday april 25, 2024First Day of Summer (banks may remain open)Secular holiday
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    Wednesday may 1, 2024Labor Day/May DaySecular holiday
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    Thursday may 9, 2024AscensionCatholic or protestant
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    Sunday may 12, 2024Mothers' Daycards/flowers
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    Friday may 17, 2024Pentecost holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Sunday may 19, 2024WhitsundayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday may 20, 2024Whit MondayCatholic or protestant
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    Tuesday may 21, 2024Pentecost holiday (end)School holidays
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    Saturday june 1, 2024Presidential electionSpecial Events
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    Saturday june 1, 2024Reykjavík Arts FestivalEvents, celebrations...
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    Thursday june 6, 2024Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday june 17, 2024Proclamation of the RepublicNational Day
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    Saturday august 3, 2024VerslunarmannahelgiEvents, celebrations...
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    Monday august 5, 2024Commerce DayBanks only
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    Saturday august 24, 2024Reykjavik MarathonSports events
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    Monday august 26, 2024Summer holiday (end)School holidays
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    Valentine's Day

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    Wednesday february 14, 2024
    cards/flowers : Introduced by Pope Gelasus in 498, perhaps in response to a local Roman tradition of lovers writing their names on an urn in February

    Beer festival

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    Friday march 1, 2024
    Culture :

    Spring holiday (beginning)

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    Friday march 22, 2024
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    Maundy Thursday

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    Thursday march 28, 2024
    Catholic or protestant : Maundy Thursday: Commemorates the Last Supper when Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist (Lord's Supper).

    Good Friday

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    Friday march 29, 2024
    Catholic or protestant : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.

    Easter

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    Sunday march 31, 2024
    Catholic or protestant : Paid holiday

    Easter Monday

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    Monday april 1, 2024
    Catholic or protestant : In the year 325, the Council of Nicée determined a date fo Easter. Full Moon would fall the 14th day of a moon month (1). Easter would be marked by the dominical letter(2)and the epactus(3). With the establishment of the equinox ne variatur on March 21, algorithms where elaborated to attribuate a date for Easter whatever the year.
    Time between two consecutive new moons: 20 days 12 hours 44 minutes 2.8 - Gives a letter code for the year's calendar Age of the moon on January 1st, minus one unity, 0 being the new moon's age.

    Spring holiday (end)

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    Tuesday april 2, 2024
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    First Day of Summer (banks may remain open)

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    Thursday april 25, 2024
    Secular holiday : Sumardagurinn fyrsti

    Labor Day/May Day

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    Wednesday may 1, 2024
    Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .

    Ascension

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    Thursday may 9, 2024
    Catholic or protestant : Forty days after Easter, always on a Thursday. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared before his disciples and gathered them to tell them to baptize and spread the good word. He then ascended to heaven on a cloud.

    Mothers' Day

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    Sunday may 12, 2024
    cards/flowers : Mother’s day has evolved in many countries in different ways. This is because mother’s day has different origins in different countries and therefore occurs on different days in the year. One school of thought claims that this day emerged from the custom of mother worship in ancient Greece. Mother worship which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of gods, and Rhea, the wife of Cronus, was held on March 15 to March 18 around Asia Minor. They insist that this custom spread around the world. Mothering Sunday is the celebration of motherhood in the United Kingdom. It is also known as Mid-lent Sunday, Rose Sunday and Laetare Sunday. It originally comes from the Victorian practice of allowing servants to return home to visit their mothers on this day. In the United States, Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 - October 17, 1910) was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet. Howe’s Battle Hymn of the Republic was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and quickly became one of the most popular songs for the Union during the American Civil War. After the war she focused her activities on the causes of Pacifism and women’s suffrage. In 1870 she was the first to proclaim Mother’s Day, with her Mother’s Day Proclamation. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson approved Mother’s Day in 1914

    Pentecost holiday (beginning)

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    Friday may 17, 2024
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    Whitsunday

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    Sunday may 19, 2024
    Catholic or protestant : Paid holiday

    Whit Monday

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    Monday may 20, 2024
    Catholic or protestant : Seven weeks after Easter Monday -Marking the day the Holy Spirit entered the disciples left behind and the beginning of their ministry.

    Pentecost holiday (end)

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    Tuesday may 21, 2024
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    Presidential election

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    Saturday june 1, 2024
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    Reykjavík Arts Festival

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    Saturday june 1, 2024
    Culture : Https://visitreykjavik.is/reykjavik-arts-festival-1 lasts 3 weeks - in Reykjavík 2024 edition confirmed

    Summer holiday (beginning)

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    Thursday june 6, 2024
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    Proclamation of the Republic

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    Monday june 17, 2024
    Secular holiday : Independence from Denmark in 1944 Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Verslunarmannahelgi

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    Saturday august 3, 2024
    Culture : Shopkeepers weekend: biggest music festival in Iceland

    Commerce Day

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    Monday august 5, 2024
    Banks only : Shop keepers and office workers are being honoured.

    Reykjavik Marathon

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    Saturday august 24, 2024
    Sports events : Www.marathon.is/ 2024 edition confirmed

    Summer holiday (end)

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    Monday august 26, 2024
    School holidays :