The Icelandic National Day (Íslenski þjóðhátíðardagurinn) celebrated in Stuttgart
News from 21.06.16
On a cold, rainy day in 1944, at the historical site of Lögberg (the Law Mountain) in Thingvellir, the Republic of Iceland was summoned forth and independence from Denmark declared. Since then, Icelanders everywhere in the world celebrate their national holiday on the 17th of June. This year, celebrations are also being held in Stuttgart, albeit for scheduling reasons two days earlier.
In his capacity as honorary consul of the Republic of Iceland, Dr. Roderich C. Thümmel has extended invitations to come to Stuttgart. Iceland’s Ambassador S.E. Gunnar Snorri Gunnarsson, numerous members of the diplomatic corps, and many other guests have been invited.
Both the ambassador and the honorary consul each held a brief address. Judith Ingolfsson, the famous Icelandic violinist and professor at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart, attended to the music and played a Telemann fantasia as well as a Paganini caprice.
More than forty guests celebrated well into the evening on this cold, rainy day—fitting for true Icelanders.