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Grækarismessa: The Arrival of the Oyster-Catchers 2019

Welcome the arrival of the Oystercatcher and perhaps you will find your fortune! The welcoming festivities for the national bird symbol​ are far from ordinary and include the whole range of traditional activities that will not leave anyone indifferent

Grækarismessa: The Arrival of the Oyster-Catchers in Faroe Islands - Best Time
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Ulrich Latzenhofer

The Faroe Islands are more than well-known for being a stopover for a lot of migratory birds. However, even though almost all of them excite birdwatchers around the world, the king of the birds for the Faroese is Tjaldur or Oystercatcher. Interestingly it is the Faroese national symbol, and the day when it comes back home from migration is the day nationally celebrated as an arrival of spring.

The bird is more than punctual and rarely misses its day. The day is also marked with St. Gregory celebration, who died on that day in 604. If you are on the Faroe Islands on this particular day, you will witness a lot of amazing things going on, from the competitions with Oystercatchers and islands-wide grilling to the possible​ night chain dancing. The holiday is quite a big deal for the Islanders, and if you are lucky enough to see the first Tjaldur passing by, you are said to have a good year!

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