Czech Name Days are Special (Ceske Svatky jsou Mimoradne)

9 09 2008

Clanek v CESTINE dole.

Almost every day on the Czech calendar has a person’s name. It is a person’s special name day and is usually held together with family and friends. Basically everybody has two chances a year to celebrate – their name day and birthday. Name day is usually of less importance than birthday but sometimes it is celebrated in a larger number since everybody, even co-workers, can look up all names in a calendar.

 

The original list of names was from the Roman Catholic calendar of saints. For example, Saint Michael’s feast was held on September 29th; thus, this day was later dedicated to all Michals. Nowadays, Czechs are experimenting with more exotic names that are not in the calendar but the czech name days are still very popular.

 

So what should you do on your friend’s/husband’s/wife’s/mom’s/dad’s name day? Bring a small gift (like a box of chocolates), cut flowers and say “VSHEKHNO NHEILEPSHI K TVEHMU SVAHTKU.”

 

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Skoro kazdy den v ceskem kalendari ma krestni jmeno nejake osoby. Je to mimoradny svatek (jmeniny) pro osobu urcenou v kalendari a je oslavovan vetsinou s rodinou a prateli. Zkratka receno, kazdy ma dve sance v roce oslavovat – jejich svatek a narozeniny. Svatek je obvykle mene dulezity nez narozeniny, ale nekdy se slavi ve vetsim poctu, protoze kazdy, i spolupracovnici, si mohou vyhledat jmena v kalendari.

 

Originalni seznam jmen byl z katolickeho kalendare svatych. Napriklad, hody svateho Michaela se konaly 29. zari, proto se tento den vyhradil vsem Michalum. Cesi dnes experimentuji s vice exotickymi jmeny, ktere nejsou v kalendari, ale originalni jmena jsou stale popularni.

 

Co byste meli udelat pro vase pratele/manzely/manzelky/maminky/tatinky na jejich svatek? Prineste maly darek (napriklad cokoladu), rezane kvetiny a reknete “VSECHNO NEJLEPSI K TVEMU SVATKU.”

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16 10 2008
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