On these, and other common names' days, tavernas and bars can be very busy.Churches are generally named after saints, and on the feast day of the church's saint there may be a celebration in the neighbourhood.
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Plus, the Greek language has often been said to sound pretty sexy to the non-Greek ear... ;)Let's face it, Greeks are known to be a pretty prideful people, and when it comes to our dating life, we are no different.
If you date a Greek girl she will probably shower you with affection and want to proudly show you off as her man.
Many choose to celebrate their nameday as one might celebrate a birthday, with a party or by taking friends out for a meal or some drinks.
Traditionally an "open house" would be held, where anyone could drop in for some food or sweets, however this is changing and is now generally restricted to good friends and by invitation.
However, some do not (for example, Martin does not have a nameday in Greece, even though he is a well-known saint in western Europe). Some names, such as Athena and Dionysis, are well known as Olympian gods, however, they are also saints' names and have celebrated namedays. The exceptions are names associated with Easter, which are celebrated on different dates each year as Easter is a movable feast.
Some names may "lose" or "move" their day on a certain year if an Easter celebration occurs on that date.
This is the case with traditional local names, such as Manousos from Crete, as well as foreign names.
However many Greeks who don't have their "own" nameday do not bother celebrating on All Saints' Day.
Whether it's a bottle of wine for dinner at your parents' place or a small dish of her own to add to your friend's summer BBQ party, a Greek girl would probably be embarrassed to show up empty-handed.