Today the church celebrates 5 male and 2 female name days.
In the Orthodox tradition, name days are celebrated as a special day when believers establish a spiritual connection with the saint whose name they bear. Once a year, it is customary to celebrate Angel’s Day – on the name day, which is closest to the date of birth. On such a day, they turn to the saint whose name the person bears with a prayer for health and well-being. From this list, you can choose a name for the newborn – this is considered a good omen.
Men’s name days on January 3
Leonty: the form of the ancient Greek name Leontios, from the word leonteyos – “lion”.
Michael: comes from the Hebrew name Michael – “equal, like God”, “asked of God.”
Nikita: formed from the ancient Greek name Niketas, from the word niketes – “winner”.
Peter: a variant of the ancient Greek name Petros – “stone”, “solid”, “reliable”.
Sergei: derived from the Roman family name Sergius – “noble”, “high”.
Women’s name days on January 3
Ulyana: the Soviet form of the name Julia, from Latin – “from the Yuliev clan”, “curly”, “fluffy” – in honor of Vladimir Ulyanov (Lenin).
Juliana: female version of the name Julian, from the Roman name Julius – “fluffy”, “curly”.
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