Today is Maundy Thursday

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Today is Maundy Thursday

By Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir
Reykjavík with Hallgrímskirkja in the background

From Reykjavík. Hallgrímskirkja church in the background. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

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

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 to the church, often take place on this day and are followed by a feast for friends and family.

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