Husband's day is celebrated in Iceland tomorrow!
It is an old custom to celebrate the first day of Thorri. It as the duty of the farmer (man of the house) to welcome Thorri by rising earlier than anyone else. He was to get up and go out clad only in a shirt, barefoot and partly barelegged, for he was to wear only one leg of his underpants, while the other was to be dragged behind. Thus attired, he was to . . . hop on one foot all around the house, dragging his underpants on the other, and bid Thorri welcome to his home.
In modern times, this first day of the month is called “husband’s day” and the lady of the house is supposed to treat her husband exceptionally well. These traditions were to bring good luck to the farm and home.
In the late 14th century, the Flatey Book tells of old King Thorri, who made a sacrifice called a Thorrablot (Thor feast) every year in the middle of winter. So, maybe Thorri was named a winter spirit or weather god.
In the 1870´s, this tradition became popular in Iceland again. Thor, the thunder-god was honored, probably because it was a popular explanation that the name Thorri (Þorri) was for Thor (Þór), the hammer-wielding Germanic through Viking Age god associated with thunder, storms, oak trees, strength, and healing.
People wear emblems, jewellery, and even have tattoos of his hammer, named Mjölnir. Thor has a day of the week named after him: Thor’s day or Thursday.
The food served at a Þorrablót is of traditional Icelandic dishes, prepared the way of olden days when every part of the animal was used and preservation was to salt, dry, or put in whey.
We at Systur&Makar offer a wide variety of all sorts of presents for that dear hubby of yours such as jewellery from Krista Design
And we also have the wonderful gentleman's collection from Crabtree & Evelyn called Moroccan Myrrh and really that is a present for both your love and yourself because the smell of these products are so lovely!
At least, be extra kind to your hubby tomorrow and have a happy husband's day!
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