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Polish Name Day Tradition 

If you have ever seen a Polish calendar, you may have noticed that each day of the year has a name on it. Names appear on almost every Polish calendar and indicate what is called imieniny or “name day”, the feast day of the saint for whom you are named. Poles over the age of thirteen usually celebrate their imieniny, rather than their birthdays (urodziny).

In Poland, name days are a special time for family and friends to gather. Sometimes friends and family simply stop by to wish the person celebrating their name day Wszystkiego najlepszego! (All the best!) and Sto lat! (A hundred years!). If gifts are given, they are usually small. Most often, guests bring flowers or chocolates, whether it be for a man or a woman. Sometimes people bring vodka and share a drink or two!


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