Name Day celebrations in Poland are social events, traditionally involving the gathering of friends and family at the celebrant’s home or in the bar of their choice. Differing slightly from western birthday celebrations in which the celebrant is often seen as a ‘guest of honour’ and might expect to be bought drinks all night, in name day gatherings the celebrant traditionally plays the role of host, buying drinks for friends and ensuring that guests are taken care of. In return, guests should bring small gifts (typically chocolate, flowers or vodka) as you would on someone’s birthday. The Polish birthday song ‘Sto Lat’ (A Hundred Years) is sung, and its mindless simplicity might be tempting for foreigners to criticise until they reflect on just how dreadful the English happy birthday song actually is. Name Days are so important to Polish culture that they are often prominently displayed on public transport, thereby ensuring that you know who you should be buying flowers for that day; information that you may find less readily available on those same trams and buses is the name of the next stop. Go figure.