Many Hungarians also celebrate their “name days” as well.
Most names are associated with a certain day each year.
For example, all people named Boglárka will celebrate their “name day” on August 1. This is for various reasons.
A persons actual birthdate is generally only celebrated along immediate family members and is a small celebration.
While name days are more popular and involve classmates, coworkers, and even strangers. This makes school and work parties easier because specific birthdates are sometimes hard to get or remember.
During “name day” celebrations, women are traditionally given flowers, men are given liquor, and children are given chocolates and sweets. Fun fact: the prices of these gifts will typically raise on popular names days.
Given names can be chosen by the parents from an official list of several thousand names (technically, one list for each gender). If the intended name is not on the list, the parents need to apply for approval.