Like other religious holidays, Icelanders take Easter (páskar in Icelandic) as seriously as even some southern European Catholic countries.
During Easter weekend, many Icelanders leave town for a short trip to the countryside, and most families get together for a meal. There are also many big confirmation parties, where teenagers receive gifts to mark the event. On Easter Sunday, most children receive a chocolate Easter egg from their parents and grandparents.
Easter opening times
Easter begins on Holy Thursday, when almost all businesses are closed (except theatres, cinemas and some grocery stores). Most things are also closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Easter Monday is also a holiday in Iceland, but most shops and facilities are open.