Greek Name Days

Greek Name Days According to Greek Orthodoxy, almost every day of the year is dedicated to a Christian saint or martyr. When someone is named after one of these saints, they may officially celebrate their name day at the respective date. All of the days in a year are linked to events from the presence of Jesus Christ on Earth, descriptions and figures from the Old and the New Testament, as well as events from the life of saints, martyrs and other figures that are honoured by the Orthodox Chirch.

Some name days may have a fixed date in the year. For example, the name Christos is celebrated on 25 December, while Constantine and Helen are celebrated on 21 May. Other name days are not fixed but constantly change from year to year; these usually have a link to the celebration of Greek Orthodox Easter, which also changes the date of celebration every year. For example, the name Thomas is celebrated the first Sunday after Easter Sunday; the name George is celebrated on 23 April, unless that date is in the period of Lent, in which case the celebration is held on Easter Monday.

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