Man’s Day and Woman’s Day

Man’s Day and Woman’s Day are traditional celebration days in Iceland,
determined according to the old Icelandic calendar.

Man’s Day:
Man’s Day (Bóndadagur) falls on the first day in the month of Þorri ( Þorri starts around 19-25th of January) according to the old Icelandic calendar. Man’s Day was traditionally dedicated to the master of the house or farm, who was most often a working farmer. Bóndadagur in Icelandic means “Farmer’s day”.
In contemporary Icelandic culture, women commemorate Man’s Day by giving their men special attention or a small gift. In many Icelandic homes, it is traditional for women to cook the Icelandic smoked lamb called hangikjöt.
Bóndadagur was on the 23rd of Januar this year.

konudagur

Woman’s Day
Woman’s Day (Konudagur) falls on the first day of Góa (starts 18-24th of February) according to the old Icelandic calendar. Woman’s Day was traditionally dedicated to the mistress of the house or farm.
Today, men commemorate Woman’s Day by giving flowers or gifts to significant women in their lives (roughly equivalent to Valentine’s Day in other countries).
Icelandic Bakers have started holding a competition for Cake of the Year. The winning entry goes on sale on Konudagur. (Womans day)
Women day will be on the 22nd of February this year.

 

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