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Post Number:#1  PostPosted: 10 Apr 2015 04:37 
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Few traditions have a deeper impact on Icelanders than the annual Seafarers' Day, a homage to the heroes of the seas, who generously supplied the foundation on which the country was built.

Seafarers' Day in Iceland dates back to 1937, when the seafarers' unions in the capital, Reykjavik, and neighbouring Hafnarfjordur founded the Seafarers' Day Council. Its purpose was to celebrate Iceland's seafarers by dedicating them one day a year. The first Seafarers' Day was celebrated the following year, 1938,and has been held on the first Sunday in June ever since. It has become such an integral part of the society that it was made constitutional in 1987and is one of only 11 flag days in Iceland.

On this day Icelanders pay tribute to the country's founding industry. Festivities in towns and villages along the country's coastline include an introduction to seafarers' work and a tribute is paid to seafarers who have lost their lives at sea and to retired sailors and pioneers of the industry. On a lighter note, there are rowing contests, craft shows and songs and dance. All fishing vessels are in harbour on the day, as the seafarers join with friends, family and the community in the celebrations.

The Seafarers' Day Council expanded its role in 1939.The board wanted to support seafarers in every possible way and found it worrying that, because of the strain of seafarers' work, their occupational life was relatively short. "To lessen the burden, the council embarked upon building and operating an old people's home in Reykjavik and the Home of Elderly Sailors was opened in 1957", says Gudmundur Hallvardsson, Chair of the Seafarers' Day Council. "Another home was opened in Hafnarfjordur in 1977. Around 700 people live in the DAS-homes, which are the front runners in care for the elderly in Iceland today".
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 Post subject: Re: Iceland Seafarers'
Post Number:#2  PostPosted: 16 Apr 2015 20:22 
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there are some wonderful seafaring traditions that need preserving and like this one you posted has a great charitable cause attached.

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