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|Name Days - Greek Name Days
Name Days are celebrated in Crete and Greece, as opposed to birthdays.
Orthodox Greek name days are the feast days of saints. Children are usually named after one of
the Christian saints and so celebrate their nameday on their namesake's saints day.
It is the custom for the person celebrating their Name Day to host a party or dinner, and treat his
friends and family. Take note - if it's your birthday don't expect Greek friends to treat you to a
drink , it is the custom for you to treat them!
Villages also celebrate their church's Name Day. For example a St. Mary's church (Maria) will
have a Name Day on 15th August - the village festival (Panayiri) will usually start on the eve of
the Name Day, in this case the 14th August, and run for 2 nights with food and drink, live music
and dancing in the village square or taverna.
Name Day Dates for some of the most popular Greek Names:
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|For a complete list of Name Days in Greece see namedays.gr
|Related Links : Greece National Holidays