Do I hate my name day? Celebrating a Christian tradition and 2 reasons why I hate it

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At birth, some of us receive a saint’s name that will protect us. Celebrating a name day is a tradition that has lost its roots. People nowadays celebrate it ignoring its religious meaning. But besides its religious meaning, what meaning do we give to this day?

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We celebrate the name day as a birthday.

In the past, people used to go to church to celebrate their name day. But do we need a second (or even third) birthday? What has one to do with a saint that our parents randomly had chosen? I am not such a religious person, but I grew up thinking my name day is almost as special as my birthday. Even today, I know little about the saint whose name I have. Why? Because even if it is a religious tradition, people went far away from the religious holiday. In the present, I am an adult; I finally have an opinion about this religious fact, what should I do on this celebration day? Can I forget about that special feeling you get on that specific day you share with many others?

Also, should I celebrate it less holistically? Should it be treated as a celebration that is more centered on oneself than on Christianity, or should we keep the roots? Fairly, I do not know what to do with my name day as a nonbeliever.

Am I linked to the saint whose name I have?

What am I supposed to have in common with a saint? Characteristic traits, moral compass, or imagine resemblance? Well, I do not have any. I am not linked to the name I have, as names contain the essence we are. The name is the projection of the character, with no expectation or outside influence. We give our name a meaning, an association, or a symbol.

I do not believe that my name should force me into being someone I am not; or presuppose my character traits.

In conclusion, every year I go further from my name day celebration. I stop celebrating it. I answer the wishes out of courtesy; my name day is just like any other day.

 

 

 

 

 

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