The Czechs celebrate their birthday on the day they were born on and the name day on the day when there is their first
name in the calendar. Every day of the year is someone's name day ("svátek"
or "jmeniny" in Czech - the latter is more formal). It is a
reason to celebrate, wish the person a Happy Name Day, and buy a
little present, like flowers and a box of chocolates. Remember: Never
give anyone an even number of flowers (2, 4, 6...). Such
bouquets are used at funerals. The number should be odd (1, 3,