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name days

Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 11:56 pm
by Anne and Tam
What happens on a name day? I believe that the name Thomas day is the sunday after easter in sidari just wonder what goes on

Re: name days

Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:18 pm
by Chris
According to the Greek Orthodox Church, every day of the year has been dedicated to the memory of a Saint or a martyr. This day will carry the name of the Saint and therefore called a "nameday". If someone is named after a Saint, then there is a big celebration on his/her name day. Namedays are usually more important than birthdays, gifts are given, festive meals and desserts are prepared, and special preparations are made for an open house. Usually, namedays are on the same date, every year. These are the non-floating namedays. There are some "floating" namedays which may differ each year.

"Giorgos" nameday is on April 23, unless this is Easter Sunday, or in the week before it. Then it is celebrated on the first Monday after Easter Sunday.

Those who are not named after a saint have a party on All Saints' Day, 8 weeks after Easter.


Re: name days

Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 11:42 pm
by Anne and Tam
Thank you :dup: