Happy Name Day to me!

Yesterday, on the 5th of February it was my Name Day!

After an unforgettable night in London with #XperiaAccess, listening to four fantastic artists: George Ezra, Chloe Howl, Raleigh Ritchie and Mikky Ekko, we had a very lazy day and simply took it easy ๐Ÿ™‚

Most of you probably think what on earth is this Name Day she talks of… so let me explain…

A name day is a tradition in many countries in Europe and Latin America that consists of celebrating the day of the year associated with one’s given name.

The custom originated with the Christian calendar of saints: believers named after a saint would celebrate that saint’s feast day. In many countries, however, there is no longer any explicit connection to Christianity. It remains more popular in the Catholic and Orthodox parts of Europe, as Protestant churches generally do not venerate saints.

The concept of name days is similar to the more common birthday, except that the association of a name to a day is entirely arbitrary.

In Poland traditionally, name day celebrations (Polish: imieniny) have enjoyed a celebratory emphasis greater than that of birthday celebrations in Poland. However, birthday celebrations are increasingly popular and important, particularly among the young. Imieniny involve the gathering and socializing of friends and family at the celebrant’s home, as well as the giving of gifts and flowers at home and elsewhere, such as at the workplace. Local calendars often contain the names celebrated on a given day.

The information above is taken from Wikipedia and they are actually very accurate.

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In the Polish calendar every day of the year has some names assigned to it. Letโ€™s take the 5th of February as an example โ€“ this day is the name day of Agata (that would be me) and Jakub. As a tradition kids and teenagers tend to celebrate their birthday but once you hit the magic age of 18 you are more likely to move into celebrating your name day and keep birthday as a smaller family gathering event.

It is a shame that UK doesnโ€™t have this tradition. I miss my Name Day celebration and most people I speak to have no idea what I am on about.

So here I am… on the mission to bring the Name Day to UK… who is with me?

I think we might have to start with gathering all the names in use and then split them up somehow… with so many cultures living in the UK this task would be a monstrous one… but maybe someone, one day will undertake this challenge… I would really like that!

By the way do you believe in the power of names?

Apparently Agata or Agatha derived from the Ancient Greek word แผ€ฮณฮฑฮธฯŒฯ‚ agathos and it means good ๐Ÿ™‚

20 thoughts on “Happy Name Day to me!

  1. Hope you had a great day!
    I have heard of this.. I think they do it in France too, we learned in school? But only for names with a “Saint” right, as that’s how you get the day?
    I don’t know whether there is a day for my name but my kids definitely won’t have, so they would miss out!
    It is a fun concept though!

  2. Happy Name Day to you! Name Day is not something I’ve heard of before but it sounds lovely – you learn something new every day!

  3. Happy name day! What a fab tradition. I didm’t know anything about this tradition but I really like it. I would love to have a name day of my own! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I’ve heard of Saints Days in connection with the Catholic church too but not an actual name day. Happy Name Day! I am all for another day for celebrating something ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. This is interesting. I’d heard of name days but only in the Catholic saints tradition. I didn’t even know Orthodoc Christians have saints too. Happy belated Agata day.

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