Thursday, 15 September 2011

National dishes of the world number 7 Iceland with Þorramatur

Þorramatur is an example of invented tradition that first emerged with the midwinter festivals of regional associations of migrants that had moved from the Icelandic countryside toReykjavik during the urbanisation boom of the post- WW2-era. These festivals were very popular in the 1950s and 1960s and some of them are still held every year although their impact on Reykjavík nightlife has greatly diminished. Sometimes at these events, there would be served "Icelandic food" or "Icelandic food by ancient custom". This was usually a buffet of country food, often particular for the region in question and quite familiar to the people attending, but which had become rare on the tables of ordinary city-dwelling Icelanders by the middle of the 20th century.

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