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Nov 01 2023


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Greek Name Day: Dionysos

Name Days are often named after a Christian saint or martyr and are mainly celebrated in Catholic and Eastern Orthodox countries. On this day, the holy person is celebrated, as well as anyone named after this person. Often, these celebrations are more important than birthdays.

The Greek name ‘Dionysus’ means ‘God of Nysa’ and derives from the Greek god of Wine, revelry and fertility. On this day, Dionysius the Ascetic Martyr is celebrated. He was executed alongside St James and James the martyr, and received crowns for their suffering on this day in 1520.