Last night the museum was open and our employees, the staff at the cafe and a few extras all dressed up for the occasion. More than 1.300 guest paid us a visit which was far more than we ever expected and it is safe to say that they really enjoyed themselves since the museum was filled with screams and laughter. We would like to thank all the guest for the visit and also everyone that took part in the project.
It is no coincident that we celebrate Halloween in Akranes. The roots of this festival go back to the Celts, that first settled Akranes, which celebrated Samhain on October 31st each year. The Celts would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints; soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween.
Here are a few pictures that our friends at the Myndsmiðja shot..