Leif Erikson Day

LeifErikson1968stampLeif Erikson Day honors the Norwegian Viking explorer Leif Erikson, who was the first Scandinavian to set foot on American soil, though many credit him with being the first European to do so. The holiday also recognizes the Nordic people’s culture and their contributions to the U.S.

Leif Erikson Day is celebrated on October 9, the anniversary of the day the ship Restauration arrived in New York from Norway, which initiated organized immigration from Scandinavia to the U.S. (This date is not associated with any event that occurred during Leif Erikson’s lifetime.)

Celebrate Leif Erikson Day at home by throwing a Viking-themed party or hosting a birthday dinner party, consisting of  Scandinavian dishes only, in honor of Leif Erikson.

Celebrating your Norwegian heritage? Cook up some of these Norwegian-specific recipes and don’t forget the lefse!


Sources: timeanddate.com
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One Response to “Leif Erikson Day”

  1. Neil 10. Oct, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    Yes, forgetting the lefse would be a big, big mistake.

    Too bad a person almost always end up with silly old potato lefse when you look for it in the U.S. My great-grandmother made the best lefse in the world. I’ve never had anything close.

    Of course, on the right occasion one could substitute krumkake…

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