Have you ever checked the meaning of your name? How about having a name day celebration?
Well, for this post I’m going to share a little about the name Mylène (that’s moi) and talk a bit about my heritage.
Fun fact: In Europe, we have name celebration days, which is similar to a birthday celebration (cake, cheese, wine, the works…). Every name is assigned a special day to be celebrated on. In some countries, name celebrations are even more important than birthdays.
Here’s another fact: the name Mylène is celebrated on August 19 in France. But people wish me my celebration name twice before that in the same month due to the fact that Mylène is a contraction of Marie and Hélène, and both are celebrated on August 15 and 18 respectively. All this means is that there are plenty of opportunities to gather, eat cheese, and drink wine. At least, that was the case for me 10 years ago, ha! There is a strong concept of throwing a fête for everything where I’m from.
Now that I am in Texas, you are probably imagining me under the beautiful, sunshiny weather, with a glass of Rosé accompanying every of my meals. The French like their wine, a known fact. But the reality for me is that I haven’t touched alcohol in over five years.
What else? I do struggle to resist to fromage, though. And while I’m on the topic of home, I still say “ooh la la” quite often; I do forget to pronounce the letter “H” most of the time, so you can expect to hear ‘appy ‘ours in ‘otel bars if you were around me. I also think ‘edgeogs are cute. 😉 One thing I’m relieved about since leaving France is that I no longer have to kiss when greeting someone!
For those wondering, my name means ‘the one who raises’ and ‘sunshine’. In French: « celui qui élève » en hébreu, et du grec helê « éclat du soleil ».
Thanks for taking the time to read about the background of the name Mylène and my heritage but enough about me… I’ll be back to more serious topics next week, such as efforts by France to woo tech investors or something to that effect. In the meantime, have a great week, keep hustling and pushing yourself to succeed in whatever you are passionate about!
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