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Iceland : public and bank holidays, closure of banks, stock exchanges, school vacations

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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 current 2 months



Internet domain: .is - Telephone code: +354 - International dialing code: 00 - GMT offset: 0 (DST: no)
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spring holiday (beginning)Friday April 3, 2020School holidays 
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Maundy Thursday*Thursday April 9, 2020Catholic or protestant 
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Good Friday*Friday April 10, 2020Catholic or protestant 
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Easter**Sunday April 12, 2020Catholic or protestant 
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Easter Monday*Monday April 13, 2020Catholic or protestant 
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spring holiday (end)Tuesday April 14, 2020School holidays 
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First Day of Summer (banks may remain open)*Thursday April 23, 2020Secular holiday 
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Labor Day/May Day*Friday May 1, 2020Secular holiday 
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Mothers' Day*Sunday May 10, 2020cards/flowers 
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Ascension*Thursday May 21, 2020Catholic or protestant 
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Pentecost holiday (beginning)Friday May 29, 2020School holidays 
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Whitsunday**Sunday May 31, 2020Catholic or protestant 
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Valentine's Day -
Sunday February 14, 2021

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


Spring holiday (beginning) -
Friday April 3, 2020

School holidays :


Maundy Thursday -
Thursday April 9, 2020

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


Good Friday -
Friday April 10, 2020

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 -
Sunday April 12, 2020

Catholic or protestant : Paid holiday


Easter Monday -
Monday April 13, 2020

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) -
Tuesday April 14, 2020

School holidays :


First Day of Summer (banks may remain open) -
Thursday April 23, 2020

Secular holiday : Sumardagurinn fyrsti


Labor Day/May Day -
Friday May 1, 2020

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 -
Sunday May 10, 2020

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


Ascension -
Thursday May 21, 2020

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.


Pentecost holiday (beginning) -
Friday May 29, 2020

School holidays :


Whitsunday -
Sunday May 31, 2020

Catholic or protestant : Paid holiday