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Polish Christmas in Iceland’s West Fjords

More than 100 people attended a Christmas ball held by the Polish Association in Ísafjördur, the capital of the West Fjords, last weekend. The ball was held in honor of the catholic St. Nicholas, probably the first manifestation of Santa Claus.

The Mass of St. Nicholas is on December 6, and on this day in Poland, children are given presents in their shoes, ruv.is reports.

Icelandic residents of Polish origin have maintained this tradition and last weekend children in the northern West Fjords were given the opportunity to meet St. Nicholas.

Poles make up the largest group of immigrants in Iceland. According to numbers from Statistics Iceland (from 2006), Polish citizens who reside in Iceland currently count almost 6,000 individuals.

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