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Jan. 6th – The Queen of Holidays

Nollaig na mBan

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In Ireland, the queen of holidays falls on the feast of kings.  January 6th is the Feast of the Epiphany – and the day when Irish women finally own Christmas.

January 6th, the twelfth day of Christmas and the final day of the festive period, is know in Ireland as “Nollaig na mBan” (literally “Women’s Christmas”). Traditionally, this was when women would gather to feast and drink – and the men take over the housework, childcare, and serve the women food and beverages for the duration of the celebration (an extraordinary reversal back in the day…).

These days, Nollaig na mBan is simply a great excuse to gather and celebrate sisterhood and all the female friendships and relationships in your life. I love this holiday and think we should export it like we did St. Patrick’s Day and Hallowe’en. Frankly sisters, it’s too good to keep to ourselves.

For the unIrish, more info here:

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