Anna Zofia Skarzynska
ania.s at tiscali.co.uk
Sat Sep 23 16:16:43 EDT 2006
And the day on which the saint is celebrated is called one's name-day.
But do tell: *which* Saint Elisabeth? Hungary, or Portugal? Do you turn
bread to roses? It's important: you get a sort of extra birthday either on
17th (formerly 19th) November, or on 4th July, depending which you
We have namedays in Poland and they are celebrated like birthdays in
Britain; birthdays in Poland have a lesser importance than namedays. If
there is more than one saint with the same name they have different saints'
days. Maria [MAR-yah] has quite a few and if that's your given name you (or
rather your parents) pick just one nameday for you from the various
possibilities. Some names just have one nameday- my own, Anna, amongst them
(though I remember hearing of another but it's very uncommon indeed; I have
never met an Anna whose nameday wasn't on the 26th of July).
Ania (this is a Polish diminutive of Anna, equivalent of Annie, I suppose)
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