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Bonfires January Sixth, ‘The Thirteenth’

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Bonfires January Sixth, ‘The Thirteenth’

Bonfire New Year's Eve Reykjavík

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

There will be bonfires at three locations in the capital area on Friday, January 6, the thirteenth and last day of Christmas. The night of þrettándinn, or ‘The Thirteenth,’ as we call that day, is traditionally celebrated with bonfires and fireworks.

Celebrations in West Reykjavík will begin at 6 pm by Melskóli school. Residents join students in song and march with torches to Ægissíða, where a bonfire will be lit at 6:30 pm, followed by a fireworks show at 6:45 pm.

Festivities in Grafarvogur will be held by Gufunesbær. Cocoa will be sold at Hlaðan (the Barn) between 5:00 and 5:55 pm, when a torch parade begins. A bonfire will be lit at 6 pm and entertainment provided on stage until 6:30, when the celebration cocludes with a fireworks display.

In Grafarholt, there will be a gathering by Guðríðarkirkja church at 7 pm and a torch parade at 7:10. The parade then marches to the community center in Leirdalur, where a bonfire will be lit.

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