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Happy Easter!

Daffodils.

Daffodils are called páskaliljur, or Easter lilies, in Icelandic. Photo: Dagbjört Oddný Matthíasdóttir.

Happy Easter!

Today is Easter Sunday, páskadagur (“Easter Day”), a day for family celebrations. On this day, people in Iceland often have roast meat for dinner and enjoy chocolate Easter eggs.

Easter Sunday, also known as Resurrection Day, is the most important religious feast of the Christian liturgical year and celebrates the resurrection of Christ. In Iceland, it is also a celebration of spring.

School children make Easter decorations to be displayed on Easter Sunday. The decorations include painted eggs and chickens made out of colored paper or tufts of wool.

People also decorate their homes with twigs in vases and daffodils. Green and yellow are the predominant colors of Easter decorations.

In many countries, lamb is eaten on Easter Sunday, but as lamb is the traditional Sunday roast in Iceland, smoked pork or other types of roasts are also popular dinner options.

Children look forward to Easter eggs, made of chocolate and filled with candy, and always including a proverb.

Happy Easter!

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