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Valentin celebrating birthday on, what else, Valentine's Day

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Sunnyside Community Hospital volunteer Valentin Arriaga, whose birthday falls on Valentine's Day, was named after the name featured in the almanac on his day of birth.

Chances are, Sunnyside Community Hospital volunteer Valentin Arriaga will give thought to his family history and the ever-handy almanac this coming Sunday.

Arriaga's family on the paternal side had an interesting habit when it came to naming their children.

"They named their children according to the almanac and my dad kept the tradition," says the now elder Arriaga, whose birthday falls on Valentine's Day.

In fact one sister, born in November is named Altagasa, which Arriaga says means Thanksgiving.

When it came to naming his six children, though, Arriaga didn't keep the tradition with all of them. In fact, some are named after their father's relatives. But his first son has his own interesting story about his name.

"My son, he was born on a Sunday. The almanac (said) Domingo," explains Arriaga, whose wife and mother-in-law were insistent on naming the boy Valentin. Arriaga didn't care for the idea, no one in his family named their children after themselves. "We discussed it for about two hours," he says with a soft smile.

The end result? "I said, 'I'm going to name him Domingo Valentin, but remember, no junior!'."

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