Do you celebrate name days instead of (or in addition to) birthdays?

Started by Hannelore, June 03, 2024, 07:19:01 AM

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I'm curious about this. What do you do with your children in this regard?
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Feast days over birthdays, although most of ours are very close, so they can be celebrated together.
The royal feast was done; the King
Sought some new sport to banish care,
And to his jester cried: "Sir Fool,
Kneel now, and make for us a prayer!"

The jester doffed his cap and bells,
And stood the mocking court before;
They could not see the bitter smile
Behind the painted grin he wore.

He bowed his head, and bent his knee
Upon the Monarch's silken stool;
His pleading voice arose: "O Lord,
Be merciful to me, a fool!"



Both. Name days are very popular in this part of the world. Never knew it was a thing growing up in Canada.
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Quote from: LausTibiChriste on June 03, 2024, 11:53:29 AMBoth. Name days are very popular in this part of the world. Never knew it was a thing growing up in Canada.
Yes, I know. There's a chapter in War and Peace about two of the characters celebrating their name day.
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Quote from: Bonaventure on June 03, 2024, 10:07:09 AMBoth.

Same, growing up it was always birthday presents and maybe a special cake or something for a feast day of a patron Saint.
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I'm 66 yo and never heard of name days. Never once heard the term (until today).

I looked it up. Now I know.
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My in-laws do both.  I never even heard of it till I met my wife.  I've read the name day is a big deal for the Byzantine Rites and takes precedence over birthdays
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