Name days

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In the Czech Republic, every day of the year is a “name day.” All the calendars I’ve seen around town not only include Czech holidays but also one or two names. I’ve heard that a person’s name day is celebrated as much as his or her birthday. On your name day, gifts are given; parties are thrown. A nice little tradition. Do you have a Czech name day? Have a look. Some surprising names on the calendar:

Alan – August 14

Norbert – June 6

Richard – April 3

Robert – April 29

Robin – January 30

Roland – June 14

Tamara – June 3

This article has some interesting information about the history of name days in Europe and where the names come from if you’re interested in learning more.

(Photo above taken at the Royal Gardens, Prague Castle)

 

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