VIEWS OF CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL IN DUBLIN – WOMEN’S CHRISTMAS 6 JANUARY 2021
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
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