Celebrate Easter Icelandic-style

Icelanders consider Easter a big deal, it´s not only our second biggest holiday after Christmas but it is celebrated with BIG chocolate Easter eggs filled with candy and wise words. Easter is a family oriented holiday and many families use the opportunity of a long five day weekend to travel. There are a number of things to choose from to spend the Easter vacation. For some it’s skiing in the town of Akureyri which is located up north and for others that are more into music Easter is all about the music festival “Aldrei fór ég suður which is a free music festival in Ísafjörður in the Westfjord.  Some just use these days to eat and kick back.

Here are some more fun facts about Icelandic Easter.

Easter eggs – “Páskaegg”…

…are made out of sweet Icelandic chocolate, traditionally given to children but also exchanged by adults. The eggs come in many sizes and are available in different kinds of chocolate, but there’s one part of the Icelandic Easter egg that never changes, each egg contains a small note with a wise Icelandic proverb or a saying.

Easter decorations…

…is something many Icelanders place a huge effort in and that involves decorating their houses for Easter in shades of yellow and green. The decorations are connected with the coming of spring and we tend to associate Lilies to this particular holiday and call them Easter lilies.

Easter party….

Easter is a 5 day weekend which for many Icelanders means extra days to party. Since most bars and clubs close down at midnight the night before Good Friday and Easter Sunday, Wednesday has become the popular party night as bars stay open until until 3 am. The party picks up again at midnight on on both Good Friday and Easter Sunday when bars open up again.

Easter lamb…

After a day spent on gorging on chocolate eggs, what’s better than the savory relief of a delicious Icelandic lamb. Lamb is the Icelandic traditional Easter Sunday dinner and considering the quality of the Icelandic lamb, that’s really no surprise. Although there is no specific Easter lamb dish, a roasted leg of lamb is popular among Icelanders and that is exactly what SKÝ Restaurant & Bar will be offering on it’s Easter menu.

Happy Easter everyone!