Czech and Slovak Name Days
Name Day Information
|Today (21 May 2013):|
|Czech Name Day: Monika|
|Slovak Name Day: Zina|
|Tomorrow (22 May 2013):|
|Czech Name Day: Emil|
|Slovak Name Day: Júlia, Juliána|
Several countries in the world celebrate name days based on a calendar with names assigned to each date. Most of the names are from the saints of the Catholic or Orthodox churches. In past times, all children were given a name from the name day calendar and even today most parents follow the tradition. After all, who would want to deny their children the chance to receive a gift on their name day?
Both the Czech Republic and Slovakia have name day calendars. A person's name day can be celebrated by giving a small gift and a card wishing them all the best. Use the information on this page or from the links below to find out when and how to let your Czech and Slovak friends know you are thinking of them.
Name Day Vocabulary
The following table of words will help you translate the message in the picture you see on this page and will give you an idea of how similar the Czech and Slovak languages are.
|name day (formal)||jmeniny||meniny|
|name day (informal)||svátek||sviatok|
You can find out more about name days around the world and see complete name day calandars at these Wikipedia links.
There is also some excellent information available from the MyCzechRepublic site including alphabetized name day lists, diminutive forms of Czech names, and English equivalent names.