In many cultures Name Days are celebrated and have a more spiritual significance than birthdays. That is because this is the day of the year in which the Saint or martyr that you have been named after celebrates. By celebration we are referring to the associated day of the year in which the Church holds a feast for that saint or martyr. This is a Primarily Catholic and Orthodox tradition even though name days are celebrated in other countries such as France, Sweden, Norway, and Finland.
You must note that for different cultures and countries name days may vary. For example Greek Orthodox celebrate the name day of Archangel Michael on the 8th of November whereas in Germany it is celebrated on the 29th of September. Also name days are on the same date every year but there are some "floating" name days.
When one celebrates his or her name day, besides the special liturgy at Church, a feast is usually held and friends send cards and visit the friend or family member who celebrates his or her name day with a small gift. To make sure that you have the right date in your calendar ask the person whom you would like to surprise indirectly or feel free to email us and we will be glad to help. Click here for a list of Greek Name days
25th anniversary: silver
30th anniversary: pearl
35th anniversary: coral
40th anniversary: ruby
45th anniversary: sapphire
50th anniversary: gold
55th anniversary: emerald
60th anniversary: diamond
70th anniversary: platinum
Christenings which are more correctly referred to as Baptisms are part of all Christian denominations as well as of other religions. In the Churches of Christ baptisms usually take place at a very young age of ones life and that is why they are also known as infant babptisms. However certain practices may vary. As part of the liturgy, babies are bathed or sprinkled symbolically with water. This symbolic liturgy emerges a person in the Christian community and in some cases is seen as the cleansing of the soul. Baptisms take place in all Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican, and Methodist denominations. The Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican churches practice a triple baptism in the name of the Holy Trinity.
According to Greek customs, a party is followed after the liturgy where friends and family come to wish the best for the baby who has just been baptised. Small gifts are given to the parents of the child but the gifts that orientated for the child. The most important gift however is given by the Godparent to the Child. The Godparent offers a gold cross and a chain which is worn by the Child during the baptism. The cross and chain are then worn or kept by the child as a remembrance of this significant day. The cross is thought as being a blessed cross and when by any chance this cross is lost, a new one is taken to the Church in order to be blessed by the priest and hence replace the original one.
Birthday related information:
January - Birthstone: Garnet - Alternate: Rose Quartz
February - Birthstone: Amethyst - Alternate: Onyx
March - Birthstone: Aquamarine - Alternate: Red Jasper
April - Birthstone: Diamond - Alternate: Quartz
May - Birthstone: Emerald - Alternate: Chrysoprase
June - Birthstone: Pearl - Alternate: Alexandrite or Moonstone
July - Birthstone: Ruby - Alternate: Jade
August - Birthstone: Peridot - Alternate: Aventurine, sardonyx or sapphire
September - Birthstone: Sapphire - Alternate: Lapis lazuli
October - Birthstone: Opal - Alternate: Pink Tourmaline
November - Birthstone: Yellow Topaz - Alternate: Citrine or Turquoise
December - Birthstone: Blue Zircon - Alternate: Blue Topaz, Turquoise, or Tanzanite
Aries - (March 21 - April 20) - Diamond
Taurus - (April 20 - May 20) - Emerald
Gemini - (May 21 - June 20) - Spinel
Cancer - (June 21 - July 22) - Pearl
Leo - (July 23 - August 23) - Ruby
Virgo - (August 24 - September 22) - Sapphire
Libra - (September 23 - October 23) - Peridot
Scorpio - (October 24 - November 21) - Aquamarine
Sagittarius - (November 22 - December 21) - Topaz
Capricorn - (December 22 - January 21) - Garnet
Aquarius - (January 20 - February 18) - Amethyst and moonstone
Pisces - (February 19 - March 20) - Diamond
Monday - Pearl
Tuesday - Garnet
Wednesday - Cat eye
Thursday - Emerald
Friday - Topaz
Saturday - Sapphire
Sunday - Ruby
Easter is the Christian celebration for the resurrection of Jesus. It is a celebration for all Christians and especialy in the Greek culture, Easter is the biggest day of the year. Easter is a floating celebration. Eastern and Western Easter does not always fall on the same date. However, for 2007 there is a common date and it will be celebrated on the 8th of April.
One great Easter story that relates to jewelry is the one of Faberg? who made the first golden egg in 1885 as part of the Russian Easter tradition where people exchange eggs. It was commissioned by Tsar Alexander III as a surprise for his wife.