This year Egidia's Name day is on 1st September 2017
This name is a variant of the original name Giles
Saint Giles, whose feast day the celebration is based upon is a patron saint of the following:
- Breastfeeding mothers
- He is also invoked by women who wish to conceive.
Symbols are often associated with Saints, it often helped in the middle ages when people were unable to read thus Giles has the following symbols associated
- Red deer killed with arrows
Historically Famous Egidias
St Giles, a much-loved saint in Britain, is one of the medieval saints who are particularly associated with animals. The story goes that he was a French hermit living in Saint-Gilles, near Aries, before the ninth century. He used to be fed by a deer, who gave him her milk. One day, however, King Wamba of the Visigoths came crashing through the forest on a hunt; the deer sought refuge with Giles and sheltered in the saint's arms; the king tried to shoot the deer but found he had shot and wounded St Giles instead. Perhaps out of remorse, Wamba gave Giles land on which he subsequently built a monastery.