Today is Maundy Thursday

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Today is Maundy Thursday

As Iceland has a Lutheran state church, Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday), known as Skírdagur in Icelandic, is a bank holiday and part of Easter celebrations.

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The church in Akureyri. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

According to the Bible, Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. He was crucified the following day.

Some Christians in Iceland may go to church on this day, but most people just stay at home, relax and enjoy their day off.

Confirmation ceremonies, when teenagers confirm their membership in the church, often take place on this day and are followed by a feast for friends and family.

The confirmation child dresses in his or her finest clothes and is given presents.

Click here to watch an audio slideshow about confirmation.

ESA