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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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Saturday January 1, 2022New Year's DaySecular holiday
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Monday January 3, 2022Christmas holiday (end)School holidays
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Monday February 14, 2022Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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Tuesday March 1, 2022Beer festivalEvents, celebrations...
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Friday April 8, 2022Spring holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Thursday April 14, 2022Maundy ThursdayCatholic or protestant
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Friday April 15, 2022Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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Sunday April 17, 2022EasterCatholic or protestant
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Monday April 18, 2022Easter MondayCatholic or protestant
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Tuesday April 19, 2022Spring holiday (end)School holidays
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Thursday April 21, 2022First Day of Summer (banks may remain open)Secular holiday
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Sunday May 1, 2022Labor Day/May DaySecular holiday
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Sunday May 8, 2022Mothers' Daycards/flowers
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Wednesday May 11, 2022Reykjavík Arts FestivalEvents, celebrations...
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Thursday May 26, 2022AscensionCatholic or protestant
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Wednesday June 1, 2022Reykjavík Arts FestivalEvents, celebrations...
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Friday June 3, 2022Pentecost holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Sunday June 5, 2022WhitsundayCatholic or protestant
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Monday June 6, 2022Whit MondayCatholic or protestant
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Tuesday June 7, 2022Pentecost holiday (end)School holidays
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Friday June 10, 2022Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Friday June 17, 2022Proclamation of the RepublicNational Day
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Saturday July 30, 2022VerslunarmannahelgiEvents, celebrations...
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New Year's Day

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Saturday January 1, 2022
Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Christmas holiday (end)

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Monday January 3, 2022
School holidays : Http://kelduskoli.is
Official calendar provided by the Ministry of Education
all study programs are aligned with the requirements of the Bologna Process
PISA ranking (average 493): 473
Schooling is mandatory till age 16
number of instructional hours per year in lower secondary education: 600
number of teaching days: 180
Usually no school on Saturday
No uniform required

Dates confirmed till July 2022

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Valentine's Day

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Monday February 14, 2022
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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Tuesday March 1, 2022
Culture :

Spring holiday (beginning)

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Friday April 8, 2022
School holidays :

Maundy Thursday

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Thursday April 14, 2022
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 April 15, 2022
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 April 17, 2022
Catholic or protestant : Paid holiday

Easter Monday

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Monday April 18, 2022
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 19, 2022
School holidays :

First Day of Summer (banks may remain open)

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Thursday April 21, 2022
Secular holiday : Sumardagurinn fyrsti

Labor Day/May Day

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Sunday May 1, 2022
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 .

Mothers' Day

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Sunday May 8, 2022
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

Reykjavík Arts Festival

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Wednesday May 11, 2022
Culture : Https://visitreykjavik.is/reykjavik-arts-festival-1 lasts 3 weeks - in Reykjavík 2022 edition confirmed

Ascension

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Thursday May 26, 2022
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.

Reykjavík Arts Festival

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Wednesday June 1, 2022
Culture : Https://visitreykjavik.is/reykjavik-arts-festival-1 lasts 3 weeks - in Reykjavík 2022 edition confirmed

Pentecost holiday (beginning)

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Friday June 3, 2022
School holidays :

Whitsunday

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Sunday June 5, 2022
Catholic or protestant : Paid holiday

Whit Monday

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Monday June 6, 2022
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 June 7, 2022
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Summer holiday (beginning)

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Friday June 10, 2022
School holidays :

Proclamation of the Republic

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Friday June 17, 2022
Secular holiday : Independence from Denmark in 1944 Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Verslunarmannahelgi

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Saturday July 30, 2022
Culture : Shopkeepers weekend: biggest music festival in Iceland