Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir and her husband Gunnar Sigvaldason will be the guests of honor at two Icelandic heritage celebrations held in Gimli, Manitoba (Canada) and Mountain, North Dakota (US) this weekend, RÚV reports.
Dubbed “New Iceland” by Icelandic settlers who started settling there in 1875, the town of Gimli is home to the largest population of people of Icelandic descent outside of Iceland. Islendingadagurinn, the town’s annual Icelandic Festival, is taking place for the 129th time this year and includes a Viking Village with 100 re-enactors who “live like authentic 800 A.D. period Vikings on the Harbour Park Hill during the festival and will ‘battle’ each day,” as well as music, children’s activities, Icelandic food and beer, and more.
The Deuce of August, Islendingadagurinn’s sister celebration in Mountain, North Dakota, will be held for the 112th time this year. The event quadruples the town’s population of 130 and offers free genealogical research, as well as a full schedule of cultural events. Mountain is also home to Vikur Lutheran Church, which was established in 1880 and is said to be the oldest Icelandic church in North America. Katrín will be taking part in the festival’s morning parade this year and will be the Keynote Speaker at the event’s Heritage Program.
Read more about 'West Icelanders' and their heritage celebrations on the BBC website here.