Nollaig na mBan

In the Liturgical Calendar today (6th January) is the date of Epiphany, when according to tradition Three Wise Men (Magi) arrived bearing gifts for the infant Jesus.

A bit under the weather today I’ve been taking it easy and listening to the radio, in the course of which I discovered that today is also Nollaig na mBan (Women’s Christmas).

Nollaig na mBan is a day in Ireland on which it is traditional for women to get together and enjoy their own Christmas, while the menfolk stay at home and handle the chores.

Although an old tradition, emanating from the West of Ireland, Nollaig na mBan tradition has apparently had a bit of a resurgence in recent years. In particular the radio station RTÉ Lyric FM has been marking the occasion with lots of very fine music written and/or performed by women.

It seems that hardly a day goes by without me learning something new about Ireland!

Nollaig na mBan Shona Daoibh!

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One Response to “Nollaig na mBan”

  1. Its a tradition from Cork and Kerry. Also the last day of Christmas, Epiphany, the Feast of the 3 Kings. In Kerry they put 3 candles in the window tonight rather than just one. It’s also the day to take down the decorations, but I will leave up ours for another week since I was in UK for a week and its my birthday on 10th Jan.

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