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Nollaig na mBan.

Today is the last of the 12 days of Christmas. Traditionally in Ireland this was known as Little Christmas or Women’s Christmas, Nollaig na mBan. In the Christian tradition it is the feast of the Epiphany. It was a day of rest for women after all the work of the Christmas season. All the women relatives would gather and have a laugh, a chat and edible treats, drinks were taken too. Apparently this tradition is alive and well in Cork and Kerry. They seem to be very good in that area for keeping the old traditions alive. Perhaps it is one we should all try and bring back? What do you think?

Relaxin with canine visitor.

Today is also the day when the Christmas decorations are taken down and put away carefully for the next year. I love the crackle and flame when the dried out holly and ivy are thrown on the fire, their last burst of vibrancy. Of course their life need not end there, the ash from these and indeed any wood source is high in potash so good for putting round the base of fruiting trees and shrubs. The continuing cycle of life.T On November 11th this year we are entering the Age of Aquarius. This is a time when spiritual awakening will occur en masse, a new age of self awareness and empowerment. Power is on the way back to the individual and the people. A time of truth and a special time to be on this planet. Revel in it!

3 comments to Nollaig na mBan.

  • I like the idea of Nollaig na mBan, I’d be happy to see it revived and I’d come and join in the celebrations.

    Have a great year,

    X Ferris

  • Indeed, Bridget…all the traditions were and should remain part of our cycle of life. I’m so looking forward to the 11th of November…I can feel a surge of change growing stronger each day. I’ve been fairly enchanted with dreams recently too…

  • We will have to organise something next year for Nollaig na mBan. On RTE news last night they showed an event in Cork which was attended by 400 women.
    I hope you are writing down those dreams Colette.

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