(AMRI 2024) Journey to promote Records in Americas - P01 - Icelandic Festival of Manitoba (Canada): The oldest annual Icelandic cultural festival in the Americas


(worldkings.org) The first Icelandic Festival in Manitoba was held in Winnipeg in 1890, and was held there annually until 1931 when it moved to Gimli in 1932, and has been held there since. It is the oldest annual festival of Icelandic culture in Americas.

The Icelandic Festival of Manitoba (also known as Islendingadagurinn, Icelandic for 'Icelander's Day') is an annual festival of Icelandic culture, held in Gimli, Manitoba, Canada, and thought to be the oldest Icelandic festival in North America. It is held for three days during the first weekend of August, i.e., the Terry Fox Day long weekend.



Having been celebrated since 1890, and held in Gimli since 1932, organizers of the festival believe it to be the second oldest continuous ethnic festival in North America. (Only an Irish festival held annually in Montreal, Quebec, is a few years older.) The festival is now visited by several thousand tourists each year. The community of Gimli, part of the broader region of New Iceland, is home to the largest concentration of Icelanders outside of Iceland.

Artworks from jewellery to paintings are displayed at the art museum as well along the pier wall that extends from downtown Gimli into the lake, and traditional Icelandic dishes are offered. A reenactment of a Norse shield wall battle is also held each day, being accompanied by an interactive Norse village where the reenactors perform tasks such as blacksmithing, crafting, and sewing.



The festival has a tradition of selecting a woman to be the Fjallkona ('Maid of the Mountain'), wherein the Fjallkona is Iceland, and her children are the Icelanders. At the festival, the selected woman sits on her elevated throne, clad in a formal Icelandic costume of a white gown, green robe with ermine, golden belt, high-crowned headdress, and white veil falling over the shoulders to the waist. Two maids of honour, formerly clad in plain Icelandic costume with tasseled skullcaps, are dressed in white. In former years, these maids of honour were known as Miss Canada and Miss America.

According to en.wikipedia.org; icelandicfestival.com. Source of photos: internet 

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