Nollaig na mBan – a quiet Irish Tradition that needs reviving
The twelfth and last day of Christmas. An auspicious date in many cultures, with various associated traditions.
In Ireland Janruary 6th is Nollaig na mBan, or Women’s Christmas.
It’s an old tradition that women take a break on this day. There are not too many written accounts documenting this custom.
The date is also referred to as Nollaig Bheag (Little Christmas). It was the female answer to Nollaig Mór or Christmas day, when women worked hard serving and preparing food. This was a time when all of the preparations for Christmas both domestic and financial fell to the woman of the house.
After the men and children had their share of the goodies and celebrations the women would put aside their household responsibilities for an afternoon. As Christmas ended for another year they gathered to relax, to eat cake and drink tea.
Irish pubs were no place for…
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