A while ago, I was talking with my friend and colleague Kati when people were approaching her saying Boldog Névnapot and giving her small gifts. I knew she had already celebrated her birthday, so I was confused.
The Name Day concept originates in the Catholic and Orthodox practice of celebrating saints. While Hungary isn’t the only country with this tradition, it is one that still takes the celebration seriously.
The names differ by country, and, like today, there can be multiple names on each day. For at least Hungary, some names appear more than once on the calendar. In that case, the person celebrates the Name Day closest to her birthday.
Turns out, the name Jennifer doesn’t appear on the Hungarian Name Day calendar. I may need to find the closest equivalent! In the meantime, if you’re reading this on the day I post it and know an Irisz or Irén, say Boldog Névnapot!