Public holidays in Iceland
Public holidays in Iceland are established by the act of Parliament (Alþingi). The holidays are currently x, two of which are only holidays after noon (although many workers get the whole day off). There are also twelve official flagdays in Iceland, some of which are not public holidays. On a flag day all government buildings fly the flag. Although citizens are not obliged to do it, most people do, if they have a flagpole.
Following is a list of public holidays in Iceland:
|Date||English name||Local name||Comment|
|January 1||New Year's Day||Nýársdagur||Flag Day.|
|moveable||Maundy Thursday||Skírdagur||Literal meaning: Christening day|
|moveable||Good Friday||Föstudagurinn langi||Flag Day (flown at half-mast)
Literal meaning: Long Friday.
|moveable||Easter Day||Páskadagur||Flag Day|
|moveable||Easter Monday||Annar í páskum||Literal meaning: Second day of Easter|
|moveable||First Day of Summer||Sumardagurinn fyrsti||Flag Day
Thursday between 19th and 25th April
|May 1||May Day||Verkalýðsdagurinn||Flag Day
Literal meaning: Labour Day
|moveable||Whit Sunday||Hvítasunnudagur||Flag Day|
|moveable||Whit Monday||Annar í hvítasunnu||Literal meaning: Second in White Sunday|
|June 17||Icelandic National Day||Þjóðhátíðardagurinn||Flag Day
Commemorates the foundation of the republic. Typically referred to as "17. júní".
|moveable||Commerce Day||Frídagur verslunarmanna||First Monday in August. The long weekend is usually the largest domestic travel weekend|
|December 24||Christmas Eve||Aðfangadagur||Holiday from 13:00|
|December 25||Christmas Day||Jóladagur||Flag Day|
|December 26||Boxing Day||Annar í jólum||Literal meaning: Second day of Christmas|
|December 31||New Year's Eve||Gamlársdagur||Literal meaning: Old Year's Day.
Holiday from 13:00
In addition to the public holidays, other special days are celebrated in Iceland, some of which are official flagdays as well.
|Date||English name||Local name||Literal meaning||Remarks|
|January 6||Epiphany||Þrettándinn||The Thirteenth|
|moveable||Husband's Day||Bóndadagur||Friday between 19 and 25 January|
|moveable||Woman's Day||Konudagur||Sunday between 18 and 24 February|
|March 1||Beer Day||Bjórdagurinn||Celebrates the legalization of beer in Iceland, March 1, 1989.|
|moveable||Shrove Monday||Bolludagur||Bun Day|
|moveable||Shrove Tuesday||Sprengidagur||Bursting Day|
|moveable||Ash Wednesday||Öskudagur||Ash Day|
|moveable||Mothers' Day||Mæðradagurinn||Second Sunday in May|
|moveable||The Seamen's Day||Sjómannadagurinn||The Seamen's day||First Sunday of June.
|June 19||Women's rights day||Kvenréttindadagurinn||Women's rights day|
|June 24||Nativity of St John the Baptist||Jónsmessa||Jón's Mass|
|moveable||The First Day of Winter||Fyrsti vetrardagur|
|November 16||Icelandic Language Day||Dagur íslenskrar tungu||Day of the Icelandic Tongue||Flag Day|
|December 1||Self-governance Day||Fullveldisdagurinn||Flag Day|
|December 23||Holy Þorlák's Day||Þorláksmessa|
- "88/1971: Lög um 40 stunda vinnuviku". Alþingi. Retrieved 2016-06-01.