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1. maí.  In Icelandic, it's pronounced almost like "FEE-stee MAH-ee", with an unvoiced rolled "r" thrown in after the EE.  It's also the day that we all get a day off work in order to go downtown and find something to protest.  ;)  Yeah, that's a bit hyperbolic.  But not as much as you might think.

Pics from International Workers Day from a country where almost everyone is in a union and words like socialism (sósíalismi) and welfare system (velferðarkerfi) are not dirty words.

Plus: Today I become a launþegi a full-time salaried employee instead of a contractor, and am now a member of the union FFR: Félag Flugmálastarfsmanna Ríkisins (National Association of Aviation Employees

(Above: "Ást" means "Love")

(Above: "Better Quality of Life, Better Life")

(Above: The unions show off their colors.  Most of the banners and signs were from unions.)

(Above: "Out of NATO.  No Military.")

(Above: "Free Palestine".  Iceland is the first western nation to recognize Palestine as an independent state.)

(Above: Part-time teachers demand their own union.)

(Above: The speeches and choirs concluded with the singing of L'Internacionale (Alþjóðasöngur Verkalýðsins, or "The international song of the proletariat"))

(Above: This woman was really into Alþjóðasöngur Verkalýðsins  ;)  )

(Above: I headed over to Iðnó, in a building that was an old opera house, where a meeting of Samfylkingin (the largest party in the current governing coalition) was being held.  And hmm, now who is that, sitting two tables over from me?)

(Above: Why, it's Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, the prime minister of Iceland.  :)  )

(Above: Sorry the bad pic, Jóhanna!)

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