Boldog Névnapot, Irisz and Irén!

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.

Turns out, Boldog Névnapot means Happy Name Day. Just like a birthday, people receive gifts and celebrate their day.

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!

This entry was published on March 25, 2014 at 7:18 pm and is filed under Friend, History, Hungary. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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