Greek Name Days and Public Holidays 2010

GREEK PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 2010

New Year's Day
(local name: Protochronia)
January 1 (Fri)
Epiphany
(local name: Ton Foton)
January 6 (Wed)
Ash Monday February 15 (Mon)
Shrove Monday/Green Monday March 8 (Mon)
Greek Independence Day
(local name: Tou Evangelismou)
March 25 (Thu)
Greek Cypriot National Day April 1 (Thu)
Orthodox Good Friday
(local name: Megali Paraskevi)
The Friday before Easter Sunday
April 2 (Fri)
Orthodox Easter Monday
(local name: Deftera tou Pascha)
The day after Easter Sunday
April 5 (Mon)
Labour Day
(local name: Protomayia)
May 1 (Sat)
Day of the Holy Spirit/Pentecost/Kataklysmos/Radunitsa* May 24 (Mon)
Assumption of Mary *
(local name: Kimisi tis Theotokou)
August 15 (Sun)
Cyprus Independence Day October 1 (Fri)
Greek National Day - The "Ochi day"
(local name: Epetios tou Ohi)
October 28 (Thu)
Christmas Day
(local name: Xristougenna)
December 25 (Sat)
St Stephen's Day/ Boxing Day December 26 (Sun)



Name Days, not birthdays, are celebrated in Greece. Great significance is attached to the name given a child, and the process of choosing a name follows fairly rigid conventions. The idea of a baby being given a name just because the parents like the sound of it is unknown in Greece. Even naming a child after someone as a mark of respect or admiration is unusual. 

Children are never named after parents, but the eldest son in a family is often called after his paternal grandfather and the oldest daughter after her paternal grandmother. Names are usually of religious origin. Each island or area in Greece has a patron saint, and people living in that area often name a child after its patron saint. 

Each saint has a special feast day. A person's name day is the feast day of the saint after which they were named. On someone's name day, open house is held and a feast is laid on for the friends and neighbours who call. They will give a small gift to the person whose names day it is, but there is less emphasis on the giving of presents than there is in birthday celebrations.

Greek Name Days - A celebration of Greek culture!
Greek name days include not just religious names but also names which go back to the beginning of Greek culture. These names would include those of mythical heroes and the famous Greek philosophers such as Odyessus, Alexander, Socrates, Plato and Helen.

Greek Name Days

JANUARY

January 1 - New Year's Day - Agios Basileios, Vassilis (Basil)
January 6 - Theofania, Theofanis, Fotis, Fanis, Fotini
January 7 - Synaksi Ioannos, Ioannis, Yannis (John)
January 8 - Dominikis
January 10 - Grigorios Nussis
January 11 - Theodosios, Thodoris (Theodore)
January 17 - Antonios, Antonis, Antonios (Anthony)
January 18 - Athanasios & Kurillos, Thanassis
January 19 - Makarios, Makarios
January 20 - Eythimios, Thimios
January 21 - Maximos, Massimos/ Neofytos / Agnis (Agnes)
January 22 - Anastasios / Timothetos, Tassos
January 23 - Agathagellos
January 24 - Xenis, Xeni
January 25 - Grigorios Theologos / Margarita, Grigoris, Grigorios (Gregory)
January 26 - Xenofontos
January 29 - Ignatios
January 30 - Trion Ierarxon
January 31 - Kyros & Ioannos Aaron

FEBRUARY

February 1 - Tryfonos
February 2 - Ypapanti tos Sotiros
February 5 - Agathis (Agatha)
February 6 - Voskolos / Fotios
February 7 - Parthenios
February 8 - Zaxarios / Theod. Stratilatos
February 9 - Nikiforos
February 10 - Charalampous / Zinonos, Haralambos, Hara, Hariklia
February 11 - Vasios
February 12 - Meletios
February 13 - Akula & Priskillis (Priscilla)
February 14 - Ayxentios, Valentini, St. Valentine
February 15 - Eusevios
February 17 - Theodoros Tironos / Poulcherias
February 18 - Leontos Romis
February 20 - Agathonos / Vissarionos
February 22 - Anthi (Anthea)
February 23 - Polykarpos
February 23 - Nestoros
February 25 - Tarasios
February 26 - Porfurios

MARCH

March 1 - Marias Aigyptias
- Eudokias / Tis Tyrofagos
March 2 - Euthalias
March 3 - Kleonikos
March 5 - Kononos
March 7 - Laurentios (Laurens)
March 8 - Theofulaktos
March 16 - Xristodoslos
March 17 - Alexios, Alexios, Alexis (Alex)
March 18 - Kurillos
March 19 - Xrysanthos, Chrisantos
March 21 - Iakovos
March 25 - Euagelismos tis Theotokos, Evagelos, Eva, Vangelis
March 27 - Ilarionos, Lydia
March 31 - Ypatios

APRIL

April 6 - Eutyxios
April 15 - Leonidas (Leo)
April 23 - Ag. Georgios, Giorgos, Yorgos (George)
April 24 - Elisabet (Elisabeth, Lisa)
April 25 - Marcos (Mark)

MAY

May 2 - Zoodochos Pigis
May 3 - Timotheos (Timothy)
May 4 - Pelagias
May 5 - Eirinis, Irini (Irene)
May 6 - Serafim
May 7 - Akakios
May 9 - Christoforos (Chris)
May 10 - Simonos (Simon)
May 11 - Kurillos & Methodos
May 13 - Sergios, Sergios/ Glykerias, Glykeria (Sergio)
May 15 - Paxomios
May 17 - Andronikos
May 18 - Ioulias, Ioulia (Julia, July, Julie)
May 19 - Menandrios
May 21 - Konstantinos & Elenis, Konstantinos, Kostas, Thina, Kostathina, Eleni (Helen)
May 27 - Ioannos Rosos
May 28 - Tis Analipseos
May 29 - Theodosias
May 30 - Isaakios (Isaac)

JUNE

June 2 - Nikiforos
June 4 - Marthas & Marias, Martha
June 5 - Dorotheos (Dorothea, Dorothy)
June 7 - Sevastianis (Sebastian)
June 8 - Kalliopis
June 11 - Vartholomaios / Varnava
June 22 - Zinonos
June 29 - Petros & Paulos, Petros, Pavlos (Peter, Paul)
June 30 - Sunaksi ton 12 Apostolon, Apostolis, Apostolos

JULY

July 1 - Kosma & Damianos (Damian)
July 3 - Yakinthos
July 7 - Kuriakis, Kiriaki
July 8 - Theofilos / Prokopios
July 9 - Pagratios
July 11 - Eufimias / Olgas
July 12 - Veronikis (Veronica)
July 14 - Nikodimos
July 16 - Athinogenoss
July 17 - Marinas, Marina
July 18 - Aimilianos (Emile)
July 20 - Profiti Elia, Ilias
July 22 - Marias Magdalinis, Magdalini, Magda, Magdalena, Lena
July 26 - Parakseuis
July 27 - Panteleimonos, Pantelis
July 29 - Kallinikos
July 31 - Iosif Arimatheias, Iosif, Sifi

AUGUST

August 6 - Sotiris, Sotiria
August 7 - Asterios
August 15 - Assumption Day - Koimisis tis Theotokos, Panayotis, Panagiotis, Maria, Despina, Thespina, Marios
August 24 - Kosma tos Aitolos
August 26 - Andrianos & Natalias, Adrianos, Nathalia, Natalia (Adrian)
August 27 - Fanourios
August 30 - Alexandros, Alexandros
(Alexandra, Sandra, Sander, Alexander)

SEPTEMBER

September 1 - Simeon
September 3 - Anthimos
September 4 - Moisi/Ermionis
September 5 - Zaxarios, Zacharias
September 8 - Gennisi tis Theotokos
September 9 - Ioakeim & Annis
September 11 - Evathia (Eve)
September 13 - Kornilios / Aristeidos
September 14 - Ypsosi tos Timios Stauros, Stavros (Steven)
September 15 - Nikita
September 16 - Eyfimias
September 17 - Sofias, Pisteos, Agapis, Elpidas, Sofia, Agapi, Elpida
September 18 - Eumenios / Ariadnis (Ariadne)
September 20 - Eustathios, Stathis
September 22 - Fokas
September 23 - Sullipsi Prodromos
September 24 - Theklas
September 25 - Eyfrosinis
September 26 - Metastasi Ioannos Euaggelistos
September 27 - Kallistratos
September 29 - Kuriakos, Kiriakos

OCTOBER

October 1 - Ananios / Pomanos Melodos
October 2 - Kuprianos / Iosstiounis
October 3 - Dionisios Aeropagitos, Dionisos
October 4 - Ierotheos
October 5 - Xaritinis
October 6 - Thoma (Thomas, Tom)
October 7 - Poluxronios
October 8 - Pelagias
October 9 - Iakovos (Jakob)
October 10 - Eulampios
October 15 - Loskianos
October 18 - Loska, Loskas (Lucas, Luke)
October 19 - Kleopatras
October 20 - Artemios / Gerasimos Kefallinias, Yerasimos
October 21 - Sokratous, Sokrates, Sokratis
October 23 - Iakovos (Jacob)
October 24 - Sevastianis (Sebastian)
October 26 - Dimitrios Myrovlitos, Dimitris, Dimitrios, Dimitria (Jim, James)
October 27 - Nestoros
October 28 - Agias Skepis
October 30 - Zinovios

NOVEMBER

November 1 - Ag. Anarron/ Kosma & Damianos, Anargiros, Argiris, Kosmas, Damianos (Damian)
November 8 - Mixael & Gavriel, Mixalis, Michail, Michali, Angelos, Stamatis, Stamos (Michael, Angelo, Gabriel)
November 9 - Nektarios
November 11 - Mina / Viktoros (Victor)
November 13 - Ioannos Xrysostomos
November 14 - Filippos, Philippos (Philip)
November 16 - Mathaios (Matthias)
November 18 - Platonos
November 21 - Eisodia tis Theotokos, Despina, Maria (unmarried)
November 22 - Filimonos
November 25 - Merkourios / Aikaterinis, Katerina (Catherine)
November 26 - Stulianos, Stella, Stelios, Stylianos
November 27 - Nathanail
November 30 - Andrea, Andreas (Andrew)

DECEMBER

December 1 - Theoklitos
December 2 - Muropis
December 4 - Varvaras, Barbara
December 5 - Savva, Savas
December 6 - Nikolaos, Nikos
December 7 - Amvrosios, Ambrosius
December 9 - Agias Annis, Anna
December 12 - Spuridonos, Spiros
December 13 - Eustratios / Loskias, Stratos, Stratis, Lukia
December 15 - Eleutherios, Elefterios, Lefteris
December 17 - Daniel / Dionysios Zakunthos, Dionysos
December 18 - Sevastianos & Zois
December 19 - Aglaias
December 20 - Ignatios
December 21 - Themistokleous, Ioulia, Julia, Julie
December 22 - Anastasias, Anastasia
December 24 - Eugenias, Evyenia
December 25 - Christmas Day, Christos, Chrisa, Chrisanthi, Christina
December 26 - Emmanouil / Synaksi Theotokos, Manolis, Manuella, Emma
December 27 - Stefanos, Stephania (Steven, Stephan, Stefania)

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