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Australia, China, India and a number of European countries also celebrate Mother’s Day in May.
As mentioned above, the American Mother’s Day holiday was established in 1914 after Anna Jarvis’s campaign for a celebration in May in the memory of her mother.
Today children celebrate the day by dressing up in costumes and singing in shops for sweets and treats, a little like Hallowe’en celebrations.
Easter A religious holiday in Iceland and marked by the giving and receiving of large chocolate eggs filled with sweets.
Bakeries and home chefs prepare sweet cream puffs filled with cream and jam and drizzled with chocolate. Sprengidagur Following the indulgence of bun day comes sprengidagur – bursting day.
Bolludagur The tradition of culinary excess during winter continues with bolludagur – literally, bun day – which occurs two days before Lent and symbolises the feast before the fast.
There are national holidays on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Easter Monday.
Most Icelandic children in their 14th year are confirmed during the Easter period.
Traditionally, Icelanders were encouraged to eat to bursting point, during what would be their last proper meal before Lent.
Öskudagur Ash Wednesday is mostly celebrated by children in Iceland.
In addition to the traditional holidays listed here, numerous festivals take place throughout the year.