Public holidays in Iceland

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The following is a table featuring all the public holidays celebrated in Iceland. The table sorts each holiday by its date, though often the dates are moveable. The English name column states the English name of the holiday if any, or a translation of the name. Local name is the name given to the holiday in the Icelandic language and Literal meaning is a literal translation of the local name if it differs from the English name. If needed, explanations are given in the column Remarks.

Date English name Local name Literal meaning Remarks
1 January New Year's Day Nýársdagur same as English
moveable Palm Sunday Pálmasunnudagur same as English
moveable Maundy Thursday Skírdagur Clean Day The name refers to Jesus' washing of the disciple's feet
moveable Good Friday Föstudaginn langi The Long Friday
moveable Easter Day Páskadagur same as English
moveable Easter Monday Annar í páskum Second in Easter
moveable First Day of Summer Sumardagurinn fyrsti same as English First Thursday after 18 April
1 May May Day Verkalýðsdagurinn The Labourer's Day
moveable Ascension Uppstigningardagur Ascension Day
moveable Whit Sunday Hvítasunnudagur White Sunday
moveable Whit Monday Annar í hvítasunnu Second in White Sunday
moveable The Seamen's Day Sjómannadagurinn same as English First Sunday of June
17 June Icelandic National Day Lýðveldisdagurinn The Republic's Day
moveable Commerce Day Frídagur verslunarmanna Holiday of the Merchants First Monday of August
24–26 December Christmas Jól Yule
31 December New Year's Eve Gamlárskvöld Old Year's Evening