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A happy day: yesterday, another set of bright young Icelanders partook in a Lutheran-style confirmation in Hallgrímskirkja.

These days, though, more and more kids are taking part in civil, and not religious, ceremonies confirming that they are willing to enter adulthood and take on a responsible role in their society. As in many cultures across the globe, this kind of event is celebrated with big parties and many gifts, though most teens these days would never admit that the thousands of dollars worth of potential windfall is any kind of enticement to go through a good seven months of weekly confirmation classes and a long staged ceremony. But it certainly doesn't hurt : )

(As a super-proud mother, I can't resist linking to a super-cute photo of my newly confirmed girl on another of her super days : )

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