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Putrefied Skate Party

The Lions Club and the restaurant Tjöruhúsíð Neðstakaupstað in Isafjörður, the West Fjords, invite locals and tourists to the annual summer skate party at noon today, bb.is reports.


Today is Þorláksmessa á sumri (St. Þorlákur’s Day in summer), a day dedicated to Þorlákur, a 12th century Icelandic bishop who was revered as a patron saint of Iceland after his death in 1193.

Þorlákur, who is also honored on Þorláksmessa (St. Þorlákur’s Day) on December 23 (the day of his passing), was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1985.

The tradition of eating putrefied (or fermented) skate, renowned for its strong ammonia odor, on Þorláksmessa originated in the West Fjords. The fish delicacy is usually served boiled with potatoes, turnips and melted sheep fat.

The party is held at noon today in Tjöruhúsíð at Hafnarstræti 1 in Isafjörður. All welcome.


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