Pictures: 900-year-old tradition is kept alive as the annual opening of the Løgting takes place on St. Olaf’s Day

The Faroese parliament is officially in session again after the summer holidays.

Today is Ólavsøkudagur (Ólavsøku Day), and as has been the case for centuries, the day marked the annual opening of the Faroese parliament (the Løgting).

Ólavsøka is by most Faroese considered as the national holiday of the country.

Read more: Góða Ólavsøku!! Here comes the national holiday of the Faroe Islands

Shortly before 11 a.m. this morning, clergy from all the islands, politicians and ministers walked side by side from the parliament building to the main church of Tórshavn (Havnar Kirkja).

The service is first and foremost meant for the Government, demonstrating the close connection between the church and the parliament.

After the service the procession returned to the parliament building.

The local brass band played and the choir sang, and hundreds, if not thousands, of people attended the traditional ceremony. The weather was relatively nice – no wind, no rain and quite warm – and this factor certainly seemed to spice up the solemn occasion.

The Lagting went into session at 1pm.

Aksel V. Johannesen, the Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands (Løgmaður), gave his annual speech and address to the Parliament and the Faroese Nation.

Most notably – but not unexpectedly, though -, Mr. Prime Minister announced the upcoming general elections to be held on August 31.

The last general elections in the Faroe Islands were held on September 1, 2015.

Author: Jens Hákun Leo

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