Sunday, April 25, 2010
The first day of Summer in Iceland is always the first Thursday after April 18th. It is a big deal for us and we celebrate it by having the day off from work and school. We have parades and carnivals and it's a custom to give children gifts, "Summer-gifts", which is often something that has to do with Summer activities. No matter the weather on this first day of Summer, we really celebrate it. We march down the streets with marching bands, try our best to hold on to those balloons in the wind, try not to seem too cold in our shorts (it's Summer, right?) and with the weather beaten frozen smiles on our faces we say Hello to the Summer, sometimes in the middle of a snow blizzard....and we never regret saying goodbye to Winter (by the way, we don't celebrate the first day of Winter)!