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Open Thread: Are you celebrating Nollaig na mBan*?

*Or Women’s Christmas. Or Little Christmas. Or Women’s Little Christmas.

TODAY IS TRADITIONALLY the day that Catholics place the three wise men in their household cribs (before taking them out and putting the decorations away).

The Feast of the Epiphany falls each year on 6 January, or the 12th day of Christmas.

However, in Ireland (and only in Ireland), it is also known as Nollaig na mBan, Little Christmas, Women’s Christmas or Women’s Little Christmas.

It was the day on which women - supposedly worn out by doing the Christmas cooking – were allowed to take a break while the men did the cooking and cleaning.

Despite our politicians’ enthusiasim and the events being held in some parts of the country (particularly in Cork and Kerry), some people haven’t yet heard of the celebration.

It’s been an exhausting couple of weeks for men and women alike? So, are you celebrating Women’s Little Christmas?

Poll Results:

No (1784)
Yes (845)
Didn't even know it existed (660)
I currently look like this... (303)

WWII British Isles Source: AP/Press Association Images

Let us know your plans, your thoughts on the day and any other Women’s Little Christmas musings in the comments section. 

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