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Today, Friday the 23rd of February 2024 in France, we celebrate


...on their name day.

Upcoming name days

Saturday the 24th of FebruaryModeste
Sunday the 25th of FebruaryRoméo
Monday the 26th of FebruaryNestor
Tuesday the 27th of FebruaryHonorine
Wednesday the 28th of FebruaryRomain
Thursday the 29th of FebruaryAuguste
Friday the 1st of MarchAubin

What is the name day in France?

In France, the tradition of celebrating name days, or "fête du prénom" in French, is not as widespread as it is in some other countries. However, some French families do still celebrate name days, especially those with Catholic or Orthodox Christian traditions.

The most common way to celebrate a name day in France is to mark the feast day of the saint associated with one's given name. However, unlike in other countries, there is not a set calendar of name days that is widely recognized across France.

Instead, many families simply choose to celebrate their name days on the same day as their birthdays, or on a day that is meaningful to them for some other reason. Some families may also use the name day as an occasion to gather with family and friends, exchange gifts, or enjoy a special meal or dessert.

How do you wish someone a happy name day in French?

To wish someone a happy name day in French, you could say "Bonne fête!" which translates to "Happy feast day!" or "Joyeuse fête!" which means "Joyous feast day!".

Alternatively, you could also say "Bon prénom!" or "Bonne fête de prénom!", which means "Good name!" or "Happy name day!"

How many France name days are there?

In France, there is not a set calendar of name days that is widely recognized across the country. Instead, name days may be celebrated on the feast day of the saint associated with one's given name, or on a day that is meaningful to the family or individual.

In Catholic and Orthodox Christian traditions, each day of the year is associated with one or more saints, and people who share the name with the saint(s) celebrated on that day may choose to mark the occasion with a name day celebration. However, the practice of celebrating name days is not as widespread in France as it is in some other countries with similar traditions.

Overall, while there are technically 365 possible name days in France, the celebration of name days is more of a personal or family tradition than a widely recognized cultural practice.

What do you get someone for their name day in France?

If you are looking for a gift to give someone on their name day in France, consider a small, thoughtful present that reflects their personality or interests. Some ideas could include:

  • Flowers or a small potted plant, such as a succulent or a herb plant
  • A thoughtful card or letter that expresses your appreciation and best wishes
  • A special dessert or treat, such as a box of chocolates or a gourmet pastry
  • A piece of jewelry, such as a personalized bracelet or necklace
  • A book or movie that relates to their interests or hobbies
  • A small household item, such as a decorative candle or a kitchen gadget
  • A gift card to their favorite store or restaurant
  • A homemade gift, such as a piece of artwork or a knitted scarf.
Ultimately, the best gift for a name day is one that comes from the heart and shows your appreciation and love for the person celebrating their special day.