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    Is that tradition present in your country? Do you celebrate? If so, in what day or what day would it be? 



    @GaiusCoriolanus Well, it’s kind of tradition among Slovaks here, but not for the Serbs. I don’t know for other minorities. We do celebrate it, but nothing big. My name day is on May the 26th by the calendar of Slovak Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession (Lutherans), the church I was baptized and confirmed in. 



    Absolutely in Greece, its probably the most important day in the year for the individual.  Both Greeks and Slavs celebrate name days in Greece, using the Revised Julian Calendar.  However, it’s probably less important in the diaspora outside Greece.



    In modern days celebrated by religious Roman Catholic mostly. The rest don’t celebrate name day (imianiny). But the term ‘imianinnik’ or ‘imianinnica’ are still applied to ‘birthday boy’ or ‘birthday girl’ on birthday celebrations.



    We celebrate namedays and for some more traditional/older people, they’re even more important than birthdays. And some of them are celebrated by the whole country – f.e. my namesday (Nikulden, 6th of December) and especially St. George’s Day (Gergiovden, 6th of May), which is even a national holiday (and Army Day). Those two cases also include special meals – respectively fish (esp. carp) for Nikulden and lamb for Gergiovden (traditionally also chicken for Petrovden, IIRC, but that’s not quite so popular).

    The Serbs celebrate something similar, but not the same (it’s more about family’s patron saints, rather than individual’s names) – Slava. Though we have enough Serbian members here to explain it better.



    @NikeBG Namedays among us used to be more important than birthdays not so long ago (when my father was growing up), but it turned around over the years.
    I was thinking about mentioning slavas, but dropped it. I don’t think Serbs connect the namedays and slavas as similar things. St. Nicholas and St. George are probably the most common slavas, everybody is either celebrating them or going to someone’s.
    just a quick question about the dates, Serbs celebrate St. Nicholas on December the 19th (the 6th by Julian calendar) and St. George on 6th of May (23rd of April), how come you have one by Julian and one by Gregorian?



    Meniny are celebrated in Slovakia. For kids it’s their second birthday (with a cake and all these things). As you get older, it becomes “less important” day to celebrate. When you’re an adult, people usually just wish you all the best and that’s it. :D

    There’s a new tradition on Facebook. People post some nice picture saying “happy name day” or “wish you all the best” or something similar and tag everyone with that name on it.

    Here’s a calendar with names:

    If you click on a name, there’s some info about it, like from what language the name comes from and other stuff. Unfortunately it’s all in Slovak.

    There’s also a calendar for dogs:

    And cats:

    So Slovak pets get their special days as well. :D

    Edit: My name day is 1st of November.



    @Dušan No idea. We also f.e. celebrate Bulgarian Education and Slavic Literacy Day on the 24th of May, although the church celebrates Cyril and Methodius day on the 11th. Also, to further complicate things, there’s a Leten (Summer) Nikulden on the 9th of May, but few people remember it (me included).



    Kimka Day is huge!  :D



    On the Orthodox Julian calendar (Ukrainian), if your name is Hermolaus, Hermippus, Hermocrates, Parasceve, or Moses the Hungarian, today is your special day!  :D



    @NikeBG I guess you should’ve stick to the Julian like Serbs and Russians :) I know for Letnji sv. Nikola, that’s my town’s Slava. Yes, every place in Serbia has a slava too, some villages even have two, one patron saint and one village day from socialist times, funny they call both slava. However, that day isn’t much celebrated in my town either, only church marks it, the rest of us celebrate Rusyn “kirbaj” in our town, 19th (6th) of August (Preobraženje/Trafiguration of Jesus), people refer to it as slava, or kirbaj. That’s the peak of the summer basically. So we too kind of have two slavas, but from different reasons.



    Ah, here the villages have such a holiday as well, but we call it “sabor” (literally, “gathering”). It usually falls on the holiday celebrated by the main church in the village – f.e. our church here is called Sveti Spas, so our sabor is on Spasovden (whose date varies during the years, as it’s connected to Easter). Of course, in communist times they had replaced it with a communist date (10th of September for our village), but now it’s back to Spasovden. And when I was a kid, it was a pretty big deal – the whole park near the church would get filled with all kinds of stalls, selling foods, toys, cotton candy, also shooting ranges, carousels and whatnot. And it would last for several days. Now it’s only one carousel, a shooting range, an inflatable castle and a couple of stalls in the village centre during the weekend – meh…



    @NikeBG I know that, Serbs have Spasovdan too, that’s actually Belgrade’s slava.
    Same thing here, I mean what you had back in the day. All the clubs, restaurants, coffee shops, bars etc. have something special that day, there is some concert in the main square… There are places with sabors too, don’t know if those are the same day as slavas though. 



    We invented name day. It’s ours. It starts with us. Like many other things. Anymore questions?
    Just look at the music thread. It used to be bulgarian music thread. Now it’s everyone’s music thread. At least no one is trying to rename it to Church Slavonic music thread or something. Yet.
    Btw, I’ve never heard of villages east of Pleven having a zbor, so “sabor” sounds like an unnecessary literarization. It’s pronounced “zbor”.



    Looks like it’s more popular out there than it is here. :) Some people celebrate the name day, but not the youth. Some celebrate both, somewhat. 

    I’d have a name day at 30th January, but I don’t celebrate it. I wanted to when I was a kid, and I was trying to convince my mother that I celebrate name day as well and want a cake, but she said I don’t celebrate name day :D 

    Now I do not celebrate birthday neither.

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