Day 56: Name day celebration! 36 days to go!

Kat doodles about life:

I often get asked “What is this name day, you celebrate?” Well simply said it is a day, usually indicated by calendar, when all people with the same name celebrate the day. It is some sort of small version of your birthday you could say. When you are a child, you still get present and cake, when you get older it is good it is good excuse to let your hair down. When it comes to the most common names such as Josef (Joseph) or Vaclav (Wenceslas) in Czech, it is very likely most restaurants will organize special dance evening and prepare special celebration menu.  Thankfully my birthday is in March, my name day in November and that is still far enough from Christmas time. When your name is Eva (Eve), it is annoying as  you would expect two lots of presents, but that does not always happen. My mum has her birthday in November, two weeks later she shares the name day with me. There are names, which have male and female version. Like Jaroslav and Jaroslava ( meaning Spring celebrating), they have two different days to celebrate, but I know if both names exist within the family you may join them together. Some of the names haven religious or pagan tradition and you would find that they are represented by saying certain phrase. ‘ Svata Anna, chladna zrana’ (Saint Anna, early morning cold. Her name day is end of July. It means the summer is going to be soon over as it is getting cold and wet in early hours of morning.

I hope you have some kind of understanding now, so, what I thought today, I will make a list of names and find out in Czech calendar, when we celebrate it, so you may give yourself reasonable excuse to go out. If you like to read more about name day simply type the word into search engine or type ‘svatek’. I find that Czech and Slovakian calendars are different, and this tradition seems to be so far only Eastern European one. So Happy Name  Day to everybody, I am off soon to celebrate mine today with few friends and few cocktails.  Have a lovely day and back tomorrow. Kat xx

P.S. This list is just a guide, so please bear that in mind. The names may vary in translation. If you cannot find your name in the list, try this website and pick the most similar sounding name, it will show you the exact day. If you cannot find your name, I suggest you do search engine or post a comment and I will try to find out for you.

Jacob– Jakub 25.7.                                          Victoria- Viktorie 10.3.
George- Jiri 24.4. Isabell– Izabela 11.4.
Andrew-Andrej 11.10. Emma– Ema 8.4.
Julian- Julius 12.4. Olivia– Olivie 2.10.
Adam- Adam 24.12. Ivy- Iva 1.12.
Michael-Michal 29.9. Emily– Emilie 24.11.
Edward- Eduard 18.3. Claire- Klara 12.8.
Alexander-Alexandr 27.2. Madison– Magdalena 22.7.
Arthur- Artur 26.11. Francesca- Frantiska 9.3.
Daniel– Daniel 17.12. Camila- Kamila 31.5.
Anthony– Antonin 13.6.  
MAtthew- Matej 26.2. Anna- Anna 26.7.
Nicholas- Mikulas 6.12. Alyssa- Alice 15.1.
Lucas- Lukas 18.10.  
Christian- Kristian 5.8.
Natalie- Natalie 21.12.
Eleanor- Eliska 5.12.
Patrick- Patrik 19.2. Elisa- Eliska 5.12.
Hugo- Hugo 1.4. Katie- Katerina- 25.11.
David-David 30.12. Georgia- Jirina 15.2.
Gabriella-Gabriela 8.3.
Gabriel-Gabriel 24.3.
Christopher- Krystof 18.9.
Alexis- Alexandra

 21.4.

Joseph- Josef 19.3. Adele- Adela 2.9.

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