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Oct 07 2022


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Greek Name Day: Bakhos

Name Days are often named after a Christian saint or martyr and are mainly celebrated in Catholic and Eastern Orthodox countries. On this day, the holy person is celebrated, as well as anyone named after this person.  Often, these celebrations are more important than birthdays.

The name Bakhos comes from the fourth-century Christian soldier, Bacchus, known for his close friendship with Sergius. The pair were revered as martyrs and military saints by the catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches. They were held in high regard as officers in the Galerius’ army, until they became exposed as secret Christians. Bacchus and Sergius were severely punished with torture and beheadings. The friendship between the two are heavily emphasised in their hagiographies and traditions, making them one of the most famous examples of paired saints.