Pippa's Name Day

This year Pippa's Name day was on 3rd May 2017

Pippa is derived from the Greek, 'a lover of horses'; Pippa has a name day of 3rd May and our description is based upon the female usage of the name.

This name is a variant of the original name Philip

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

  • Luxembourg
  • Uruguay

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

  • A basket
  • Three loaves and a cross
  • A carpenter's square
  • A patriarchal cross and spear

Historically Famous Pippas

Philip was another of the 12 disciples, a respectably married Jewish fisherman from Galilee until he was called to follow Jesus. We know much less about him than Peter, but he was one of the disciples at the feeding of the 5000, so bread has become one of his symbols in art. He was also the apostle who converted Queen Candace's eunuch as he travelled back to Egypt after the Resurrection. Tradition has it that he went to Phrygia and was martyred at Hieropolis, but this is not known for certain

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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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