Wednesday, June 17, 2009

National Day in Iceland

June 17 is National Day (Þjóðhátíðardagurinn) in Iceland (Lýðveldið Ísland). This is the birthdate of Jón Sigurðsson, a noted Icelandic independence figure.

Like most places, it is celebrated by community parades.

But I prefer to commemorate it with musical art, of course:

Anna Palina and the band Draupner sing the traditional "Ásu Kvædi." Listen!

Klakki is a contemporary ensemble led by Icelandic singer Nina Björk Elíasson. Listen!

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