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First Day of Winter Soup in Downtown Reykjavík

The annual Skólavördustígur meat soup day will be held tomorrow on the occasion of the First Day of Winter. Everyone headed for the city center between 1 pm and 3 pm can have free soup handed out at a few soup stations on Skólavördustígur.

Traditional Icelandic meat soup. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.

The day is also held in honor of the Icelandic sheep and the National Association of Sheep Farmers donates the meat for the soup, Morgunbladid reports.

Vegetarians need not to worry because soup with organic vegetables will be on offer outside the store Yggdrasill, and dogs will not be forgotten either because they will receive free treats outside the store Dagfinnur dýralaeknir.

In a tent outside the Handknitting Association of Iceland, knitters and other wool enthusiasts are welcome to knit with the store’s staff, have a chat and discuss patterns.

Accordion players will perform along the street, Kramhúsid will stage dance performances and Matthías Lýdsson, a sheep farmer from the Strandir region in the West Fjords, will present his special “gravlamb” product.

As for other First Day of Winter celebrations, pagan society Ásatrúarfélagid usually gathers for a ceremony and feast to mark the occasion.

Click here to watch a video from the society’s 2006 First Day of Winter celebrations.

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