A few words about.. Name Day

What are “Name Days”?

Name day is the celebration of a holy day or a blessed day assigned to a specific day in the Christian calendar. Not everyone knows that they are celebrated on the day of the death of a given saint (e.g. Santa Claus, whose date of death falls on December 6, 342). It also depends on how many saints with this name were (e.g. John, whose name is entered in the calendar several times, as there were several dozen saints with that name). For this reason, custom has not adopted in countries where naming children is not necessarily associated with someone holy, and even the names of natural phenomena or plants can become a name.

When to celebrate Name Day?

Our Name Day falls on the first date after the date of birth.
For example: my brother named Tomasz was born on September 19. The name “Tomasz” is entered in the calendar up to 16 times !! But the correct date for my brother’s Name Day is September 22, because it is the first date after his birthday.

How is the Name Day celebrated?

In fact, Name Days are no different from birthdays. It is a time often treated equally on the day of birth and is associated, among others, with traditional gift giving. This is an ordinary day of the year, special because it is connected with our name.
Giving your child a holy name means that he or she becomes the patron of that particular child. Celebrating the Name Day is above all an opportunity to gather in a family circle or among friends and spend free time together.

Celebrate or not celebrate?

Everything really depends on us. In Poland, it is still popular, at least in most of the country (and in Bulgaria, Greece, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Latvia). Everything also depends on the traditions of the specific family and their habits, but rather none of us will refuse an additional gift during the year? 😉

Aleksandra Lelenthal
Volunteer at Teatro Metaphora – Associação de Amigos das Artes
European solidarity corpus  
To know more: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity_en

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