Happy Name Day to you! Did you know that many European and Latin American countries celebrate name days, which are similar to a second birthday? The custom is to celebrate on the day of the year associated with one’s given name. Italians call name day “Onomastico,” and it’s custom to receive a small gift from friends and family on that day. Italian children are usually named after saints, such as the patron saint of their hometown, or one their parents feel strongly connected to, and each saint has a celebrated “feast day” celebrated throughout the year.
Art, restaurants and two birthdays a year? What’s not to love?
Bassilio, January 2 – Of the royal family; A kingly man
Adriano, March 5 – From the Adtiatic
Federico, July 18 – Peaceful ruler
Sergio, September 9 – An attendant, servant
Sofia, September 18 – Having great wisdom and foresight
Francesca, September 22 – One who is free
Maura, February 13 – Dark skinned
Angela, May 31 – A heavenly messenger; An angel