Help Me Choose My Name Day Meal!

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If you’re not an Eastern Orthodox Christian or a Roman Catholic, you’ve probably never heard of Name Days. But to those of us who celebrate them, Name Days come with parties, gifts and tons of food. They pretty much rock! So what is a Name Day exactly? Those of us who are named after a particular saint celebrate on that saint’s feast day. Name Days been around since the Middle Ages, and many countries still celebrate them. Read more after the jump.

Friday is my Name Day. It’s the day for St. Sophia, and I know I’ll be getting lots of hugs and kisses from my family and friends. The way that a Name’s Day works in the Greek tradition is that there is usually a house party. There really aren’t any real invitations because most family and friends just know that the Name Day is coming. Most of us hang actual calendars that list every Name Day.

Name Days are actually very similar to birthdays and in some European countries, including Greece, Serbia and Bulgaria, the Name Day is actually much more important and celebrated than a birthday. But of course there isn’t a cake with candles. There can be all sorts of entertainment at the celebration. Most often a meal is served, but how fancy it is, depends on the person who is celebrating. There can also be drinks, desserts, music and dancing.

It’s the person who celebrates that arranges the party, which isn’t a typical American notion. The celebrator serves the guests, and is the host of the night. All the guests usually bring something, but it can’t be money! It’s thought of as poor form. But a simple gift like a card is just fine.

For the Name Days in my family, the celebrator gets to choose the meal. I have two choices, which you can see below. Let me know which you think is the best. Maybe I’ll pick it!

Meal One:
Spinach Salad
Pork Chops and Rice
Cherry Crunch Pie

Meal Two:
Greek Salad
Greek Roasted Chicken and Potatoes
Baklava

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