Monday, 4 May 2009

Name Days



Dedene wrote about fête days in France, and I've previously encountered a similar concept in Finland, where they have "name days". Unfortunately, since I don't have a Finnish name, I missed out on that one - and I was disappointed, let me tell you, because an extra excuse for a party is not something I'd be turning down in a hurry.

So I clicked through from Dedene's post to find out whether I'd have more luck in France - and what do you know, there's a Sainte Rachel. Sadly, the fête day is only a few days after my birthday, so I doubt I'm going to get a whole extra celebration out of this one.

Does anyone know of any other countries which have similar customs?


6 comments:

Kasia said...

We celebrate name days in Poland (and huge part of Eastern Europe) as well. I've checked yours and it's 30th Sep - I guess might be the same as in France as it's based on common catholic church calendar. Sometimes it's more than once a year if there were more than one saint of that name. Mine is a couple of times a year - you then pick the one just after your birthday. Mine is 25th November, Saint Catherine's of Alexandria feast.

Dedene said...

Rachel, use your middle name. Maybe you'll come up with a better day. Glad you enjoyed the post! I didn't know that there could be more than one day per name in the year. That's interesting!

Jeanne said...

I read her post this morning, but didn't even think to check when my name day is. Heading back....

forgottengenius said...

We have name days in Sweden, which makes me wonder if perhaps not all the Scandinavian countries do have such days...? In Sweden name days were originally associated with saints (so there are quite a few biblical names featuring in the almanac) but lately the trend has been to increasingly introduce the more common names instead.

In Swedish you would be known as "Rakel" and your name day would be celebrated on June 26th.

Previously one was been celebrated on one's name day, but this is one tradition that has faded lately. In my family one can always expect a little card, gift or treat on one's name day, however, because it is one pleasant tradition indeed!

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Rachel Cotterill said...

Hey, it looks like I have loads of choices! 15th Jan from France, 26th June from Sweden, 30th Sept from Poland... that's excellent :) I'm definitely going to start celebrating one (or more) of those ;)

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