Latvian Name Day for Jana & Johanna.

A name day is a Latvian tradition celebrating the saint’s day of a particular name.  The custom originated with the Orthodox calendar of saints.  People  named after a particular saint, celebrate that saint’s name day, the name day being as significant as a birthday.

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Saint Johanna the myrrh bearer

Wife of Chuza, the household steward of the tyrant King Herod of Judea. St. Joanna was a loyal servant to Jesus Christ along side Mary Magdalene, the sisters Mary and Martha and Susanna.  This group of dedicated women, according to the Gospel of St. Luke, took it upon themselves to prepare Jesus’ body for the tomb.