Ash Wednesday - a day for dressing up
Icelanders used to be Catholic back in the day and even though most are now protestants they still celebrate the days before lent like most of the Catholic world!
Icelanders used to be Catholic back in the day (during and after they were into those Norse Mythology gods) and even though most are now protestants they still celebrate the days before lent like most of the Catholic world.
Last Monday was Bun Day (Bolludagur) where we ate our fill of lovely choux buns with jam, cream and chocolate. Yesterday was Shrove Tuesday (Sprengidagur) and the traditional fair was salted meat and yellow bean soup. The direct translation of this salty Tuesday would be “Bursting Day” because everyone is supposed to eat more than their fill, until they’re about to burst, saying their farewell to meat.
And today we’re dressing up to celebrate Ash Wednesday. Children put their costumes on and go between shops and other establishments to sing a few song and get some candy as a reward. All over the country little Red Riding Hoods, clowns, Batmans, scientists, pirates and princesses can be spotted running from one firm to the next filling up their little bags with sweets and little gifts.
And even though this is a day mostly celebrated by young kids, us grown-ups like to participate as well. Some of us here at the WOW air headquarters opted to wear something other than the usual office outfit. This is an ultra-casual Wednesday after all.