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Open thread: are you celebrating Women's Christmas?

Little Christmas is known as Nollaig na mBan in many parts of Ireland as traditionally exhausted women relaxed with a cuppa as the men took over housekeeping duties – for one day only.

Image: rjnagle via Flickr

AFTERNOON TEA PARTIES in Galway, fancy dress nights in Kerry and an evening of female prose in Dublin – these are just some of the events happening today for Nollaig na mBan.

Known as Little Christmas around the world, the twelfth day of Christmas is often called Nollaig na mBan (or Women’s Christmas) in Ireland.

The Feast of the Epiphany (as 6 January is officially called) traditionally gave women an opportunity to put their feet up and let the men of the house do all the work.

After an exhausting couple of weeks, are you celebrating Women’s Christmas?

Poll Results:

No (349)
Yes (297)
Never heard of it (283)

Tell us how you are celebrating in the comments section and/or send your pics to

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