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Hi all, hope someone can help. One of the mum's at school handed me an invitation for my two this morning which was to join in celebrating a Santo. I asked her what is was as it is obviously not a birthday!! She said it was to do with the naming of her daughter, so I gathered it is a religious celebration. Can anyone give me any more info? Is it similar to a communion? Not being religious I don't have a clue about these things lol. I asked her if we need to bring a gift and she said if we wanted to. Is there something specific that would be meaningful and appreciated for this type of celebration? TIA :)
 

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A "santo" celebration is kind of like a birthday. You are celebrating the official saint's day as laid down by the Catholic church that the child has been named after. For example my daughter's name is Inés. Her birthday is TODAY!!! But the saint's day is the 21st of January. A lot of people are named after the saint who's turn it was according to the calendar and there are some pretty strange ones out there including Socorro (help), Fructuoso (successful, profitable) and Segundo (second).
I think most people don't mark the saint's day with any special celebration, but it seems that some do!!
 

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A "santo" celebration is kind of like a birthday. You are celebrating the official saint's day as laid down by the Catholic church that the child has been named after. For example my daughter's name is Inés. Her birthday is TODAY!!! But the saint's day is the 21st of January. A lot of people are named after the saint who's turn it was according to the calendar and there are some pretty strange ones out there including Socorro (help), Fructuoso (successful, profitable) and Segundo (second).
I think most people don't mark the saint's day with any special celebration, but it seems that some do!!
Oddly, this 'name day' celebration was very popular in the Czech Republic....and after forty years of Godless socialism....
 

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The kids celebrate their santos here too - usually with cake. They don't need much of an excuse to eat cake. I had a diary once which had them all in - mine is 11 August.
 

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Thanks for the replies, so interesting!!! Feel a bit more "in-the-know" now and can go without looking so much like a clueless foreigner lol.
 

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Thanks for the replies, so interesting!!! Feel a bit more "in-the-know" now and can go without looking so much like a clueless foreigner lol.
That's a pity, most of us look forward to being in with a crowd of 'clueless' foreigners, it makes the rest of us look positively brillient. :D
 
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