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Women’s Christmas, January 6 -An Irish Christmas Tradition February 6, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 4:03 pm

A SILVER VOICE FROM IRELAND

All over Ireland, January 6 marks the end of the Christmas season – it is the day  on which the fairy lights, the Christmas tree, the decorations and the Christmas cards are taken down and put away for another year. It is considered bad luck if decorations remain displayed after this date! January 6 has many titles – Epiphany, Little Christmas, 12th Night , Women’s Christmas, Women’s Little Christmas,and Nollaig na mBan. Such an important day to have 6 different names!

Epiphany: The 3 Kings arrive with gifts

In Ireland, ‘Little Christmas’  (‘Nollaig Bheag’ in Irish) is one of the traditional names for January 6, the feast of the Epiphany. Epiphany is a Christian celebration of the day on which the Magi arrived with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to honour the new-born baby Jesus, the day on which Jesus is revealed to the gentiles. Epiphany is one of the oldest Christian holy days that originated in the Eastern church and was…

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One Response to “Women’s Christmas, January 6 -An Irish Christmas Tradition”

  1. mlegan Says:

    So interesting – we always called it Little Christmas at our house, but then, my grandmother was from Galway.


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