Thursday, November 10, 2011

Imieniny - Namedays

What a perfect month to write about Namedays (in Polish: Imieniny)!  My nameday falls in November! :)) A nameday is the day of the year associated with one's given name. The tradition of celebrating namedays is popular in European and Latin American countries.

In Poland, namedays are almost as important as birthdays. People gather and socialize with family and friends, receive wishes, flowers and gifts. Small bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates is always a very nice gesture and is welcomed.

There a few ways to remember about someone's nameday:
  • First of all, almost every calendar has a list of the names which are celebrated on a particular day. Sometimes one's given name might be listed in the calendar even couple times a year! What do we do then? :) The most common rule is to celebrate your nameday on the nearest occasion after your birthday. 
  • Many web sites list the names on the top of their home page daily.
  • Buses :)) Yes, you can read who celebrates a nameday while riding the bus to work or school :))
  • Radio stations. Names are usually announced in the morning after the news and weather forecasts.
So, no excuses! A nameday is another day to celebrate and socialize.
I honestly miss this tradition here in the US. Close family and friends send wishes to me and it means the world to me.


  1. How do I find out MY nameday??? :)

  2. Sonia found a reply to her question before I managed to answer:) Mynameday is a name of the website. And Happy Nameday Sonia, it is never too late for wishes! :)