Women In Ireland Celebrate the End of the Holiday Season In a Unique Way

When it comes to tradition, Christmas takes the lead. The holiday season — Christmas in particular — is obviously laden with enjoyable traditions, but the one where Mom does everything from baking cookies to wrapping presents is one most women wish was a thing of the past. In Ireland, there’s a holiday celebration just for women. It’s called Nollaig na mBan (pronounced null-ug na mon), which translates as “Women’s Christmas.” The idea is that because women have done all the work during the holiday season, when it’s over they get to put their feet up. January 6th marks the end of the festive season in most Christian countries — the last of the Twelve Days of Christmas. It's known as the Feast of the Epiphany, commemorating the Magi visiting the baby Jesus and acknowledging him as the Son of God. It’s also the day when Nollaig na mBan takes place and the men take on the household duties for the day — looking after the children and cooking the meals — while the women head to a pub to down a few pints of Guinness. Given that there is still an enormously unfair gender imbalance in terms of household chores, a day of getting hammered in the name of tradition isn’t going to change that, but it also can’t hurt. Cheers!