Greek Name Day


In Orthodox Greek culture, many children are named after saints. On the celebration day of a given saint, all children named after that saint celebrate their name day. This holiday is a lot like a birthday, but usually a much more minor celebration.

Context: Stella grew up in the Greek Orthodox church, and celebrates name days in her family. 

Analysis: The example of a name day shows a clear importance of a church community in the Greek Orthodox culture. I’ve often heard from my mother that the only way she met other Greek kids was through the church, and that was of great importance to her. The holiday is a way for those in this community to have individual celebrations that are still related to the church.