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Saints Days in France

In France, every day of the calendar year has a saint's name assigned to it, some even have more than one and January 6 has five.

In the past a French child would be given the name of the saint on whose day their own birth fell either as a first or middle name.

Over time, more choice prevailed in naming children but it is still traditional to recognise and give a small gift to a friend or family member on their saint's name day; however, the practice is becoming less common.

It's not only individuals who celebrate a saint's day. Towns and villages usually have a dedicated saint and special events are held in commemoration each year, while certain professions are linked to a particular saint and those working in that industry may mark that day in some way.

The most famous saint's day is St Valantine's Day on 14 February.

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