Friday, January 7, 2011
My name day
Here in Greece birthdays are not generally celebrated. Name days are. Your name day is the day dedicated to the saint after whom you were named; no Orthodox Greek, and there are few that are not, has a forename other than that of a saint. Today, according to the Greek Orthodox calendar, is St John’s day; my name day. Not being Greek I am not bound to celebrate, but my greek friends will expect it of me and, despite having celebrated my birthday, western style, but two days ago my chums among the ex-pat community will think it churlish of me to deny them an another excuse for a night out. I suppose, in consideration of the expectations of all these good folk, I must yet again sacrifice, solely for their sake, my annual post-birthday resolution to put away childish things.
Altruism is not always easy - but it can be sometimes!