HAROLDS CROSS ROAD ON A REALLY WET COLD DAY – WOMEN’S CHRISTMAS
Here in Ireland we are in a level five lockdown and this time I am finding it difficult to comply with the rules. I have not seen any of my friends since March 2020 an am beginning to accept the possibility that I might not be able to meet any of them until 2022. However, I am allowed to walk a distance of five kilometres from my apartment for exercise but that limits me to using my mobile phone rather than my Sony cameras for photography.
On the the 6th. of January I walked to my mother’s house in order to do a weekly shop for her and usually I enjoy the walk [there and back] but today the weather was miserable as only Irish weather could be and I did not enjoy the experience but to be honest it is better than being stuck in my apartment.
In Ireland, Little Christmas is also called Women’s Christmas (Nollaig na mBan), and sometimes Women’s Little Christmas. The tradition, still strong in Cork and Kerry, is so called because Irish men take on household duties for the day. Goose was the traditional meat served on Women’s Christmas. Some women hold parties or go out to celebrate the day with their friends, sisters, mothers and aunts. As a result, parties of women and girls are common in bars and restaurants on this night [of course, this year was an exception]
In Ireland and Puerto Rico, it is the traditional day to remove the Christmas tree and decorations. The tradition is not well documented, but one article from The Irish Times (January 1998), entitled “On the woman’s day of Christmas”, describes both some sources of information and the spirit of this occasion. https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/on-the-woman-s-day-of-christmas-1.121479