By KJKLHJUAGA JONAS SOLIFONARATHI / Reuters Iceland is no stranger to the Icelandic holidays, but now it’s illegal to celebrate them in public.
On Tuesday, the Constitutional Court upheld the decision by the Constitutional Council to bar the celebration of Easter on the island.
The court ruled that Easter is a religious holiday in which the state is obliged to provide accommodation to the religious observance of the people.
The Constitutional Council had decided to outlaw Easter celebrations in Iceland in 2017.
Easter is celebrated on April 25, Easter Sunday, and is celebrated in Iceland with an annual public holiday called Skaðið, or Easter Sunday.
In a statement, the constitutional council said that Easter celebrations are now prohibited in public places because they contravene the Constitution.
The council has also proposed that Easter Sunday be celebrated on a different day and added that it was the intention to change the law to ensure the rights of citizens are protected.
Despite the decision, the Easter celebrations will be permitted on some private properties and other public places.
According to Icelanders, Easter is celebrated with a great deal of ceremony.
The tradition of Easter celebrations started in Iceland at least a thousand years ago and has been celebrated on the islands since at least 1891.