Konudagur

24 02 2013

Today is Women’s Day!!! People traditionally don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day in Iceland, although its popularity is growing. It falls between two other romantic days: January 25 was Bóndadagur (‘Husbands’ Day’), and Konudagur (Woman’s or Wives’ Day).

My present was a beautiful rainbow! Captured from Albertína's apartment window.

My present was a beautiful rainbow! Captured from Albertína’s apartment window.

While Bóndadagur marks the beginning of the old month of Þorri, Konudagur marks the beginning of the month of Góa.In Icelandic there’s a saying: að þreyja þorrann og góuna, which refers to these two months representing the harshest winter period. If people can just stick it out until the end of Góa they have survived winter and can start looking forward to spring. But it already feels like spring, with the temperature in the double digits (“50s” – my Ferinheit friends). This is a false spring and soon we will be plunged back into winter. At least Women’s Day fell on such a fabulous day this year!

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