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April 23rd or first
Monday after Easter
Sunday. In 2016 May
Evangelos, Vangelis, Evangelia, Eva
Georgos, Yiorgos, Georgia
Konstandinos, Kostas , Eleni
Josef , Syphi
Christos, Manolis, Manolia
|Name Day Dates in Greece
for some of the most popular Greek Names:
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.
|For a complete list of Name Days in Greece see namedays.gr