The 1863 cemetery dedication at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was a ceremony of commemoration at the graves of dead soldiers.
Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia use the term commonwealth rather than state in their full official names.
It consists of celebrating a day of the year that is associated with one's given name. The custom originated with the Christian calendar of saints: believers named after a saint would celebrate that saint's feast day, or in the Eastern Orthodox tradition, the day of a saint's death.
Name days have greater resonance in the Catholic and Orthodox parts of Europe—Protestant churches showing less veneration of saints.
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