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Preschoolers Make Hearts for Iceland’s MPs

By Iceland Review

Preschool children cut out hearts from colored paper and gave them to MPs at Iceland’s Althingi parliament on Friday. The initiative was part of Reykjavík’s “Festival of Love” that took place on Austurvöllur parliamentary square on Saturday.

Bishop Karl Sigurbjörnsson speaking of love on Austurvöllur while attendees listen intently. Bergljót Arnalds is standing next to him. See more pictures from the festival below. Photos by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.

The festival was organized within the framework of the larger “Winter Lights Festival” by children’s books author Bergljót Arnalds, Fréttabladid reports. The idea was to encourage people to show compassion and spread positive thinking during these difficult times.

The festival was launched with speeches by a line-up including Bishop Karl Sigurbjörnsson, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, high-chieftain of the pagan society, Margrét Ericsdóttir, the “Sunshine Boy’s” mother, and Gudmundur Gudmundsson, coach of the men’s national handball team, who won the silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

After one minute of silence during which attendees sent positive and heartfelt vibes into society, they were given torches and marched around the Reykjavík pond. Afterwards they listened to choir music.

Stickers reading “Smile with Your Heart” from Ásprent-Stíll publishing house in Akureyri were handed out to attendees and the town of Akureyri donated heart-shaped ice sculptures to Reykjavík for the occasion.

While people were spreading the love by Reykjavík pond, protestors banged pots and pans and repeatedly lit fires on Laekjartorg square nearby. Police worried the fire would spread and extinguished it immediately, Morgunbladid reports.

Click here to read more about the “Smile with Your Heart” initiative in Akureyri.

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