President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov sent heartfelt congratulations to the President of Iceland Gudni Johannesson and all the people of the country on the occasion of the national holiday celebrated today in this country – Republic Day.
Taking the opportunity, the head of state expressed his sincere wishes to President Gudni Johannesson for good health and happiness, and to the people of the Republic of Iceland - peace, well-being and prosperity, reports the “Neutral Turkmenistan” newspaper today.
Iceland's national holiday - Republic Day - is celebrated annually in honor of the declaration of state independence from Denmark on June 17, 1944. The day of celebration coincides with the birthday of Jón Sigurdsson, the leader of the Icelandic independence movement.
Republic Day is celebrated widely and cheerfully in Iceland. It is accompanied by colorful parades, music and dancing right on the streets, theatrical performances, laughter and jokes.
Often during the celebration, a woman dressed in the Icelandic national costume of the “Lady of the Mountain” gives a speech or recites poetry in which she represents the Icelandic spirit and nature. The image of the “Lady of the Mountain” has become a symbol of the Icelandic struggle for independence.
One of the unusual events of the Day is also associated with the Geysir - the same geyser that gave its name to all the geysers in the world. Surfactants are injected into the geyser, after which it begins to work with unprecedented force. The spectacle draws a lot of people.