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Do you celebrate "Name day"?

A name day is a tradition celebrated in many countries in Europe and Latin America of celebrating on a particular day of the year associated with the one's given name. The custom originated with the Catholic and Orthodox calendar of saints, where believers, named after a particular saint, would celebrate that saint's feast day. In many countries, however, there is no longer any explicit connection to Christianity.


Asked by Anonymous at 2:46 PM on Mar. 18, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • okmanders, in the Catholic church specifically, when children are baptized their parents are asked to give them a Saint name or when they go through confirmation they will choose one of their favorite Saints and pick that name for themselves, so as far as that goes they would have the name of a recognized Saint to go by. I have a calendar that shows which day is dedicated to which Saint(s) so I know which day is for which Saint just by that, but you could look it up, it's usually the day that person died.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:35 PM on Mar. 18, 2010

  • we try to do something special and fun on those days.

    Answer by hypermamaz at 2:52 PM on Mar. 18, 2010

  • never heard of it

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 3:09 PM on Mar. 18, 2010

  • ive never heard of it either. how do you figure out which day is associated w/ your name? or what if there is no saint w/ your name? do you just pick a random day? sounds interesting.

    Answer by okmanders at 3:21 PM on Mar. 18, 2010

  • oh, that makes a lot more sense! thanks for the info!

    Answer by okmanders at 4:02 PM on Mar. 18, 2010