It‘s that time of the year. It‘s the time all the graduating students in Iceland celebrate their last day of school by dressing up in costumes and spending a whole day doing silly things together.
In Iceland this tradition is called Dimission. The streets downtown are filled with kangaroos, Alice in Wonderland, penguins, Elmo, Where‘s Wally, figures from the Puppets show, pandas and so on.
The whole class dresses up the same way. Sometimes the class decides to dress up like different figures from well-known story and then each one gets different character. Our contributor from Reykjavik HULDA told us something more about it, as she was directly involved this year with her personal dimission:
I‘m graduating this spring, so I was part of it this year. I woke up at 5.30 to bake waffles as my classmates were coming over in one hour to have breakfast together. I had bought plenty of food and the kids all brought a lot of delicious things, so the table was full of delicacies.
After the morning party at my place we strolled to our school where we met our English teacher. We gave all of our teachers good bye gifts and cards. At half past nine, all of class 2013 went to Hátíðarsalur where our school master held a speech. We sang a few old songs and the inspector said few words and handled the power to the new inspector. Then we all went outside. It had been snowing and one class, that dressed up being kindergarten kids, began a snowball fight. Another class put up three tents on the school ground and went camping as they‘re dimission costume was Þjóðhátíð í eyjum (national holiday in Vestmannaeyjar). One class dressed up like seniors and rattled around giving people candy. The teachers were called up two by two and all of them got roses and hugs from the students. This is a special tradition for my school, Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík.
At noon, three containers came to get us and we drove around the town waving good bye to the teachers and others students. It was SO much fun, especially when we had to held on when the container was put on top of the car.
Later all 250 of us went eating lunch in Pizza Hut and an orienteering lasted the whole day. Many classes did something fun together, like bowling, laser tag, ice skating, swimming etc.
In the evening we grilled and had dinner together and after that all 250 of us went to a club downtown!
Knowing something more about the culture of a particular place is one of the best ways to understand the people, their traditions and their lifestyle. We absolutely love to discover this kind of thing, and we encourage all of you to send us something similar from your Country!
Text by: Hulda V. • All images are courtesy of the 2013 Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík students