Nollaig na mBan: An old tradition as relevant as ever


Smaoineamh Os Ard

It’s a tradition that’s been in Ireland for many years and has found itself coming back into the mainstream in recent years with a newfound, modern meaning.  Traditionally, Nollaig na mBan which means ‘Women’s Christmas’ and is also known as ‘Little Christmas,’ was a day when women who had been working without rest in the home over the Christmas holiday preparing meals, looking after children and entertaining guests, would take a day off and leave the household duties to others.

The idea of women being granted one day off after twelve non-stop days of catering to everyone else’s needs is something which doesn’t (or at least shouldn’t) have a place in society now, but the principle remains that women should take this day to relax, to spend it with friends or family, and go out of their way to treat themselves more than on any other day.  This tradition was…

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Posted on 6 Jan, 2017, in What's happening in Ireland. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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