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Happy Namnsdag, Torsten!

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photograph courtesy of Joe_Lanman
photograph courtesy of Joe_Lanman

We’re in love with the European tradition of name days—popular in Nordic countries such as Sweden and Finland. It works like this: You have a name. Your name has a day. On your name’s day, you celebrate!

In Sweden, many day planners or calendars include “namnsdagar,” along with the usual holidays. You can look up your name—or at least a Swedish approximation of it—online. This will require working through a little svenska, but we’re sure you’re up to it. Try www.dagensnamnsdag.nu. Swedish Wikipedia has a good list too, divided into male names and female names.

Today, Feb. 23, celebrates the Torstens of the world. So if your name means Thor’s stone (and we hope it does), then it’s time to get your party on.

About the author

Vivien Kim Thorp got her first taste of travel aboard Caribbean-bound cruises, leaving from her native Florida. While these trips resulted in a life-long aversion to cruise ships, they did whet her appetite to see the world. (One could even call it an addiction.) Since then, she has traveled throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas, though her heart belongs to Southeast Asia. Her most recent thrills include driving a team of sled dogs in northern Sweden, diving with manta rays in Komodo, and wandering through the Temples of Karnak in Luxor. She recommends adding the following items to your "try it at least once" list: raw horse meat, fried spiders, and bear carpaccio. Vivien has a bachelor's degree in English and Asian American Studies from U.C. Berkeley and is working on earning a master's degree from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.

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