Women’s Christmas, January 6

Happy Nollaig na mBan (pronounced null-ag na man)

http://thesilvervoice.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/irish-christmas-tradition-womens-christmas-january-6/

Little Christmas is also called Women’s Christmas (Irish: Nollaig na mBan), and sometimes Women’s Little Christmas. The tradition, still very strong in Cork and Kerry  (but also Newfoundland) is so called because of the Irish men taking on all the household duties for the day. Most women hold parties or go out to celebrate the day with their friends, sisters, mothers, and aunts. Bars and restaurants serve mostly women and girls on this night. Children often buy presents for their mothers and grandmothers. It goes back to the days when large families were the norm. Men never lifted a finger in the house to help, and were never expected to. If a man washed the dishes, he would be called an “auld woman” by other men.

A “Little Christmas” is also a figure in Irish set dancing. It refers to a figure where half the set, four dancers, join together with hands linked behind partners lower back, and the whole figure proceeds to rotate in a clockwise motion, usually for eight bars

 

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~ by artpoped on January 4, 2015.

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