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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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    Tuesday December 13, 2022St. Lucia DayEvents, celebrations...
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    Friday December 16, 2022Christmas holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Saturday December 24, 2022Christmas EveSecular holiday
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    Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday December 26, 2022St Stephen's DayCatholic or protestant
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    Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Monday January 2, 2023Christmas holiday (end)School holidays
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    Tuesday February 14, 2023Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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    Wednesday March 1, 2023Beer festivalEvents, celebrations...
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    Friday March 31, 2023Spring holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Thursday April 6, 2023Maundy ThursdayCatholic or protestant
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    Friday April 7, 2023Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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    Sunday April 9, 2023EasterCatholic or protestant
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    Monday April 10, 2023Easter MondayCatholic or protestant
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    Tuesday April 11, 2023Spring holiday (end)School holidays
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    Wednesday April 19, 2023Reykjavík Arts FestivalEvents, celebrations...
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    Thursday April 20, 2023First Day of Summer (banks may remain open)Secular holiday
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    Monday May 1, 2023Labor Day/May DaySecular holiday
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    Sunday May 14, 2023Mothers' Daycards/flowers
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    Thursday May 18, 2023AscensionCatholic or protestant
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    Friday May 26, 2023Pentecost holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Sunday May 28, 2023WhitsundayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday May 29, 2023Whit MondayCatholic or protestant
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    Tuesday May 30, 2023Pentecost holiday (end)School holidays
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    Friday June 9, 2023Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Saturday June 17, 2023Proclamation of the RepublicNational Day
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    St. Lucia Day

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    Tuesday December 13, 2022
    Culture : The holiday, which often coincides with the winter solstice, depicts St. Lucia -- Lucy in English -- as a young girl in a white dress and red sash, with a wreath of candles on her head.

    Christmas holiday (beginning)

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    Friday December 16, 2022
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    Christmas Eve

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    Saturday December 24, 2022
    Secular holiday : In certain countries, businesses may be closed half a day only. paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Christmas Day

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    Sunday December 25, 2022
    Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.

    St Stephen's Day

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    Monday December 26, 2022
    Catholic or protestant : Remembrance of St Stephen, the first Christian martyr.

    New Year's Day

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    Sunday January 1, 2023
    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 2, 2023
    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

    We carry confirmed dates till July 2023

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    Valentine's Day

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    Tuesday February 14, 2023
    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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    Wednesday March 1, 2023
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    Spring holiday (beginning)

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    Friday March 31, 2023
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    Maundy Thursday

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    Thursday April 6, 2023
    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 7, 2023
    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 9, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : Paid holiday

    Easter Monday

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    Monday April 10, 2023
    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 11, 2023
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    Reykjavík Arts Festival

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    Wednesday April 19, 2023
    Culture : Https://visitreykjavik.is/reykjavik-arts-festival-1 lasts 3 weeks - in Reykjavík 2023 edition confirmed

    First Day of Summer (banks may remain open)

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    Thursday April 20, 2023
    Secular holiday : Sumardagurinn fyrsti

    Labor Day/May Day

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    Monday May 1, 2023
    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 14, 2023
    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

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    Thursday May 18, 2023
    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)

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    Friday May 26, 2023
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    Whitsunday

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    Sunday May 28, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : Paid holiday

    Whit Monday

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    Monday May 29, 2023
    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 30, 2023
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    Summer holiday (beginning)

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    Friday June 9, 2023
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    Proclamation of the Republic

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    Saturday June 17, 2023
    Secular holiday : Independence from Denmark in 1944 Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday