Bóndadaginn – Farmer’s Day / Husband’s Day

Today we celebrate the first day of Þorri (Thorri) and Bóndadagur – (Farmer’s Day / Husband’s Day). It as the duty of the farmer (man of the house) to welcome Þorri by rising earlier than anyone else. He is to go outside in just his shirt, barefoot, and partly barelegged – (only wearing one leg of his underpants and dragging the other underwear leg behind). Then, he is to hop on one foot all around the house to welcome Þorri to his home.

On this first day of the month, the lady of the house is supposed to treat her husband exceptionally well. These traditions are to bring good luck to the farm and home.

Happy Farmer’s Day (Husband’s Day)!

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