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Celebrating Irelands "Womens Christmas"/ "Oiche Nollaig na mBan " January 6th 2017

Nollaig na mBan Womens Christmas

What better way to start the New Year and my new Blog than with a custom dedicated to celebrating women. "Oiche Nollaig na mBan" which translates from Irish/gaelic as "Womens Christmas" is a centuries old custom celebrated in Ireland every year on the 6th of January, or Little Christmas. This marks the last of the twelve days of Christmas which most women will have spent working hard to prepare for and host a wonderful holiday for all the family. Finally on the 12th day, the women can rest and have a relaxed get-together with all of the females in the area, neighbours, friends and family.Traditionally the events were low-key gatherings in neighbouring houses with the conversation flowing over coffee, tea and cake.This Irish Times article offers a detailed description of the custom

 http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/on-the-woman-s-day-of-christmas-1.121479

 

Nollaig na mBan/Womens Christmas Celebration Westport Ireland January 6th 2017

The tradition continues to this day and here in Ireland we will be celebrating today with friends old and new.http://www.irishcentral.com/…/womens-christmas-is-celebrate…

Here in County Mayo we are organising an event in Westport- all women very welcome!https://www.meetup.com/Meet-West/events/236644156/

Hope you have found this of interest. If you have any local traditions surrounding the celebration of Women I would love to hear about them.

Have wonderful New Year 2017 !



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