today is HIS day

7 Jan

Greeks love traditions. Some are slowly fading away and some are still pretty going strong. Naming your child after the father or mother of either falls into the latter category. Especially if your parents or in laws are very tradition oriented, it is the ‘proper’ thing to do. After all, Greeks are extremely family oriented. They would literally do anything for their children. The least we can do is honor them by naming our children after them, right?

My mom (being German) never really understood this tradition and since my father didn’t really mind, she gave us names she really liked. Now that I think of it I prefer Tatiana to Eleftheria, thanks mom 😉 Hence, I wasn’t really intending on keeping that tradition either.

When N.’s father got sick, he asked me if we could name our child Yiannis. Since I had a great relationship with him and thought very dearly of him I agreed. If we ever had a son, he would be called Yiannis. By the way Yiannis is the Greek equivalent of John and is one of the two most common names in Greece (Yiorgos or George being the other).

Unfortunately my son never met my father in law. He died two months before I gave birth to him. I am sure he would have loved him to pieces.

Today is his name-day. We will celebrate (together with half of the Greeks) as this family knows best. My sister and kids will come, pastitsio will be served and unlimited TV and junk food is allowed. I will try to overlook the fact that I am sleep deprived & cranky and make the best out of this day. After all it is HIS day!










13 Responses to “today is HIS day”

  1. ramblingsfromamum January 7, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    Names Day or His Day is celebrated in Europe more than birthdays. My Pop is Czech and his name is Joseph (along for 4 gazillion other Josephs) 🙂 It means a great deal to them and sadly as you say Yiannis never met him. Glad you are celebrating even though you are tired & cranky. xxx Love J

    • wonderlandbytatu January 7, 2013 at 11:22 am #

      a mom never really gets a break, right? 😉

      • ramblingsfromamum January 7, 2013 at 11:27 am #

        NEVER!!!!! Chin up my darling this day shall pass 🙂 xx

  2. Ice Beautiful January 7, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    Congrats Yannis with His day! Thanks for a lovely post and for pastitsio – it is going to be loved at our place 🙂 Take care and try to survive the day (of course you will)!

    • wonderlandbytatu January 8, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

      thank you my dear!! Yes, pastitsio has something fascinatingly mesmerizing which draws every kid into it 😉 and I did indeed survive the day! thanks for your thoughts!

  3. Αγγελική January 7, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    Να τον χαίρεστε, Τατιάνα !!! Να είναι πάντα χαρούμενος και γερός και να γεμίζει τις ζωές σας πάντα με χαμόγελο !!!

    • wonderlandbytatu January 8, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

      Σ’ευχαριστώ πολύ Αγγελική!! Ναι, μακάρι να είναι πάντα γερός και η ευτυχία θα βρεθεί, σωστά?
      Και σε σένα και την οικογένεια σου ότι καλύτερο! (τώρα που το σκέφτομαι θα μου λείψει το χριστουγεννιάτικο σου countdown).
      Φιλιά πολλά

  4. DoRo January 7, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    χρονια του πολλα και πολλα φιλακια για ολους!!!!!! ❤

    • wonderlandbytatu January 8, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

      ευχαριστώ πολύ meine liebe Doro, wir vermissen euch sehr!!

  5. nothingbythebook January 7, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    Happy nameday Yiannis!

  6. motherhoodisanart January 7, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

    What a great story behind his name! So a name day is different than a birthday? How do you determine when their name day is?

    • wonderlandbytatu January 8, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

      A name-day is more important the the actual birthday for the Greeks (although I prefer keeping the German tradition of REALLY celebrating the birthday). The name-day custom originated with the Greek Orthodox calendar of saints, where believers, named after a particular saint, would celebrate that saint’s feast day. My name-day is on Saturday, January 12 – the same day my daughter turns 3!

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