Illaria's Name Day

This year Illaria's Name day was on 13th January 2018

Illaria is derived from the Latin, 'cheerful'; Illaria has a name day of 13th January and our description is based upon the female usage of the name.

This name is a variant of the original name Hilary

There is also an alternative celebration date of 14th January for this Name day and represents different religious interpretations or different festival days for Saints

Saint Hilary, whose feast day the celebration is based upon is a patron saint of the following:

  • Slow learners
  • Mentally ill
  • Lawyers

Symbols are often associated with Saints, it often helped in the middle ages when people were unable to read thus Hilary has the following symbols associated

  • A child in a cradle
  • A trumpet
  • The serpent on a stick.

Historically Famous Illarias

There were five Hilarys canonized in the early Church, but it is Hilary of Poitiers who is best known to us, giv ing his name to the second term in the academic year the Hilary Term - to the Law Courts and some universities; this, as the Spring term, would begin around the time of his feast day. Hilary was born about 315 into a wealthy pagan family of Poitiers; after his conversion to Christianity he was consecrated as Bishop (although he was married and a father). He is chiefly remembered for his great theological writings against the Arian heresy which was exercising the Church at that time. Arius taught that Jesus Christ was human, not divine, whereas orthodox Christianity has always believed Jesus Christ to be both human and divine. In fact, Hilary was such a fierce defender of the Trinity that he was exiled from his diocese and sent to Phrygia by the Emperor Constantius II (who happened to be an Arian himself). This ploy backfired, for Hilary proceeded to dig deeper into Greek theology, becoming even more convinced by orthodox Christian doctrine - and was not afraid to say so. In the end, the Arians sent him back to his diocese, labelling him a 'mischief-maker'. After he died, his bed was set up in the cathedral of Poitiers and was known as 'Hilary's Cradle'. It was thought that anyone who could be made to sleep a night in it would be cured of insanity. Hilary also was reputed to have cleared an island of snakes, and thus is often invoked against snakebite.

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Name days stem from celebrations or festivals held to celebrate Saints, these dates were chosen by the relevant church that had declared the person a Saint and as they were often only referred to by a single name then the festival became known as that particular name's day hence name day. The  popular custom of celebrating your name day is wide spread across Europe and the middle east it's rise can be traced back to people's desire to have the occasional party and with literacy being constrained to clergy and similar scribes then people would not know the date unless informed via this route hence if your saint name was being celebrated then why not push the boat out!

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