Hungarian Name Days
Boldog Névnapot! Happy Name Day!
Hungarians not only have birthdays but name days as well. Name days are special days celebrated on a day designated for particular names. These days are picked mainly based on religious traditions and historical events and the day is celebrated in the work place, among friends and with family. The traditional gift for women is a flower arrangement and men are usually given a bottle of wine. Children may receive a small toy. The nice thing about recognizing name days is there is no need to focus on someone’s age and it gives a great opportunity for a party!
You may not have been given a Hungarian name at birth, but if you want to incorporate this special tradition in your home, have your family members pick out their favorite Hungarian name and adopt it as their nickname. Then start celebrating the Name Day. This is a great way to introduce or reinforce the beauty of the Hungarian language and Hungarian customs into your home. A way to celebrate a Name Day might involve reading a Hungarian folk-tale, cooking a special Hungarian recipe together, or giving a special gift with a Hungarian theme to reinforce your Hungarian heritage. Use your imagination!
The Name Day for Elizabeth is November 19th–my mom always made a special point to call me on that day once I moved away from home. When I was younger, I was surprised to learn my friends did not have or celebrate a Name Day because I did not realize it was a “Hungarian” thing.
Look for the names on this web based Name Day Calendar and start celebrating!
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