Category Archives: Culture

What is Thorrablot? Þorrablót?

What is Thorrablot? It was a sacrificial midwinter festival offered to the gods in pagan Iceland of the past. It was abolished during the Christianization of Iceland, but resurrected in the 19th century as a midwinter celebration that continues to be celebrated to this day. The timing for the festival coincides with the month of Thorri, according […]

A distinct ethnic identity symbolized by beloved Vínarterta and Langa Amma’s Striped Shirt

1875 marks the year that thousands left Iceland when faced with devastating conditions. They brought with them to North America a reputation for safeguarding their distinct ethnic identity that can be symbolized to by beloved Vínarterta, and by my Langa Amma (Great Grandmother) wearing a striped shirt. Virtually unknown today in Iceland in its present […]