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Pagans celebrate arrival of winter

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Pagans celebrate arrival of winter

The first day of winter is upon us. Ásatrúarfélagid, the Icelandic Pagan Community, will celebrate traditionally on Saturday 21st October.

The pagan celebration, called Haustblót (autumn sacrifice), will take place in Mörkin, in the facilities of Ferdafélg Íslands in Reykjavík, starting at 7pm. It is open to everyone. For more information, see www.asatru.is.

Ásatrú is the religion the Vikings practiced, based on Norse mythology. Icelanders converted to Christianity in year 1000, but the old religion has been kept alive until this day.

Chief Priest Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, told icelandreview.com that since the 1970s, when the Pagan Community was founded, members have increased steadily. Now, Ásatrúarfélagid has over 1,000 registered members.

Hilmarsson says it is becoming increasingly popular to get married the pagan way. Soon, the construction of a pagan temple will begin in Öskjuhlíd in Reykjavík, close to restaurant Perlan.

To read more about pagans in Iceland, click here.

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