Today, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Botvid.
Botvid was a Swede who converted to Christianity during a spell as an illegal immigrant in England. He was sent back to Sweden as a missionary before someone killed him with an axe sometime around 1120AD. We’re not entirely sure why he was killed with an axe, but it seems to have been the number-one occupational hazard for missionaries until cannibalism came into the equation.
It is also Ólavsøka Eve. Ólavsøka, or Saint Olaf’s Wake, is a major festival in the Faroe Islands. It is surprising how little we know about the culture of our major trading partners. In the highly unlikely event that anyone in The Faroes is reading this, we wish you a very happy Ólavsøka.