The annual tradition of every school taking its pupils on a visit to church in the lead up to Christmas has become increasingly controversial in recent years. But when one school recently decided to cancel the tradition, a storm of criticism arose—as well as plenty of support for the idea.
In place of the church visit, staff and students at Langholtsskóli in Reykjavík this week went on a ‘peace and love walk,’ DV reports. A video with surprisingly high editorial standards of the walk has been released online by the school, showing everyone having a great time—including forming into a giant peace sign and singing Þórarinn Eldjárn’s Icelandic version of John Lennon’s Imagine. The event followed lessons at the school where teachers spoke of the importance of peace in the world and was described in a statement from the school as “a peaceful and enjoyable time spent together.”
You can see the school’s peace and love video, which includes some good singing and some even better drone camera footage, by clicking to YouTube, here. Despite its non-religious nature, it was a festive and uplifting event.