Hey all you Elizabeths out there. Today (November 19 if you’re reading another day) is our name day. Happy Elizabeth Day. (Or Elisabeth or Elisabet as you are more likely to be if you are Swedish)
So what’s a name day (if you haven’t already clicked on the Wiki link), it’s “a tradition in many countries in Europe and Latin America of celebrating on a particular day of the year associated with [your first name.]” There is a saint connection too for many names.
In Sweden the celebration is sort of hit or miss. Some people do it religiously (most not literally, though I would guess some do it literally religiously too.) I have a Swedish client who checks her calendar (Swedish name day calendar) daily and sends a greeting to whomever’s name it is for the day. No one has sent me a greeting today (I guess she doesn’t like me enough.)
My first introduction to the name day thing was when I lived in Hungary. They take this name day thing seriously. So seriously that it can rival the attention you would get on your birthday, including getting presents or flowers at the very least. No one sent me presents or flowers today either (it is a bit f to send flowers if you are in Hungary, or maybe no one there likes me enough either.)
I never heard of this growing up in Boston, but leave it to the American will to never be left out of a fun thing, now you too can promote your name day in America.
So when is your name day? Find out here.