Nollaig na mBan
Today, Nollaig na mBan (Women’s Christmas) is celebrated in Ireland to mark the end of the 12 Days of Christmas. It’s a day when the women of Ireland supposedly take a much-needed rest after cooking, cleaning and entertaining over the holidays.
Mostly celebrated in the West of Ireland, women gather in each other’s homes and local pubs, singing and dancing and storytelling (and some drinking too!) to celebrate this special day.
I’m also told by my sister Maeve that Nollaig na mBan is hugely celebrated in Cork City with a multitude of women-only events planned … the only man allowed in is the Bishop, to bless the women of Cork! Tickets sell out well in advance.
I spotted this photo in social media this morning, inviting the women of Inis Oirr, Aran Island to “Tae Trathnona in aice an tine mona”, at 2pm today. That would mean having ‘Afternoon Tea…
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