Are your decorations still up? Is Christmas over and done with in your house for another year? If you answer yes, you are not a woman from Cork.
Here in Cork, tomorrow, January 6th, is Women’s Little Christmas (Nollaig na mBan). Traditionally it is a day in which women are given the day off after all their hard work over Christmas and the men take on the chores. It is also the day most take down their decorations, in fact taking them down earlier is supposed to be bad luck. I’m not exactly sure what bad luck is to come your way if you risk doing it earlier, but I’m not taking any chances. However a day taking down decorations and men doing a couple of jobs around the house is not exactly a day worth celebrating so to finish it off women all over Cork go out. When I say they go out, I mean most bars and restaurants are packed with women. You would want to be a very brave man to try to join them.
Until I came to live in Cork I had never heard of Women’s little Christmas, but once here I thought it only right to do what the natives do. So with that in mind I’m all ready. Tomorrow I’ll
push lovingly kiss the kids goodbye as they leave for school in the morning, pack my bag and reverse at speed out the path. For tomorrow a few of my fellow women friends and I have decided the only way to really honour the day is to go away for the night.
Disappointingly we will have to postpone any thoughts of New Year diets, dry January and post Christmas blues for at least twenty four hours, but to keep an age old tradition alive we are willing to make the sacrifice.
(For your information a number of other counties in Ireland also celebrate Nollaig na mBan, but I’m not sure they will do it as well as we do.)
Fellow women, perhaps it’s a tradition you should consider honouring wherever you are?
Sláinte. I wish you all a very Happy Women’s little Christmas and I promise to share a toast for you all tomorrow, maybe even more than one!
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