Name day

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Often, gifts are given to the person whose name day is being celebrated, as this day is seen to be more important than a (secular) birthday.
 
Often, gifts are given to the person whose name day is being celebrated, as this day is seen to be more important than a (secular) birthday.
  
In at least the Greek tradition, celebrations often include an open house.
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A name day is the day on which an Orthodox Christian celebrates the feast of his patron saint. If a particular saint has more than one feast day, usually only one date is chosen as the name day.

Traditions

If possible, it is generally desirable to attend Liturgy or another church service on your name day. Another tradition is for the family to include the saint's troparion and/or kontakion in the family's prayers. The icon of the saint is displayed prominently, perhaps even brought to church for all to venerate.

Often, gifts are given to the person whose name day is being celebrated, as this day is seen to be more important than a (secular) birthday.

In at least the Greek and Romanian tradition, celebrations often include an open house.

See also

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