January 6th is the final and twelfth day of Christmas also known as Nollaig na mBan (Women's Christmas) and Little Christmas.
After the hard work of the Christmas period it was a day off to relax from all housework and childcare for women, with traditional roles being reversed in the home.
While the women rested and gathered together at their friends' homes or reveled at the pub, the men prepared the meals and took over the housework. While the tradition was celebrated less and less by the 1950's Nollaig na mBan has undergone a revival in Ireland over the last few years with Events for Afternoon Tea, Brunches and spa days celebrating the day.
Twelfth Night is also traditionally known as the day to take down your Christmas tree and decorations. Leaving your Christmas decorations up after this date was thought to bring bad luck. Other traditions believed the Holly and Ivy used to decorate contained tree spirits which played tricks in the home or caused bad fortune if they were not released on the last day of Christmas.
We wish you all a very relaxing, peaceful Nollaig na mBan.
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