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.
I honestly miss this tradition here in the US. Close family and friends send wishes to me and it means the world to me.