As well as the yearly birthday, Greek people also celebrate their name day. Any excuse to have a party!
Name-days are an important part of Greek life because the names themselves go back to the very roots of Greek culture. You are sure to recall names such as Hercules, Odysseus, Alexander, Socrates, Plato, Constantine and Aphrodite! All of these names and many more are derived from the original Greek. The Greek Orthodox religion, observes saints days when individual name-days (and there original namesakes) are celebrated.