Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Nollaig na Mna and Driekoningen

In Ireland, on 6th January, we celebrate Nollaig na Mna. It is the gaelic for Women's Christmas, a day that traditionally the men in the house do the housework and the cooking, as a "Thank You" for the work carried out by the women of the house in the run up to and including Christmas. As a feminist I think that it is really important for men and women to share the burden of housework and housekeeping all the year round, but I do know that in some cases the woman is the primary carer and will spend more time at home, and I do think that it is really important to acknowledge this work today.

In Belgium and Holland it is DrieKoningen, the day when the Three Kings arrived to Bethlehem having followed the star.

So to all my blog friends,

Happy Women's Christmas

Nollaig na Mna dhuit

Big hugs,



Something White said...

Dear Margie,
happy new Year, happy Nollaig na Mna and happy Driekoningen!!! :D
I have so many things to say to you, but first of all I want to apologize for my long silence. Due to circumstances I wasn´t able to keep contact with so many blogger-ladies these last months, but now I hope to find time again. At the end of this week I´ll post something for you... you´ve been waiting such a long time for it.
Many congratulations also for both your husband and you; if I understood well, you´ll be grandparents this year? :)
I remember very well the Driekoningen-day and when I was a child my mother always baked pancakes that day. Next Saturday both our daughters will be dressed like ´kings´ - together with many other schoolchildren - and they will sing songs, receive sweets and collect some money for a project in Africa.
All my best wishes, love and greetings,

Vicki Lane said...

Women's Christmas -- what a lovely idea! I think we celebrated early as my husband made pizza Monday night and my son and his girlfriend brought up a wonderful vegetarian lasagne last night. I've been utterly spoiled.

And happy Nollaig na Mna to you!

Anonymous said...

This sounds wonderful but my Hubby shares the chores when he is at home.
We have a deal... I do the inside & he does the outside (minus the gardening, we both do that)!!

Vee said...

What a concept! But, truth is, I wouldn't want this to be a one-day thing. Around here, my beloved does so very much. It's great!

Lemondrop Marie said...

I think we should share responsibility at my house too, but his idea of making the bed ain't quite what mine is! Lovely post!
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

Anonymous said...

Hi again Margie,
I was at your other blog wondering about the "strange" words i read there :) Now i see what it means, yes indeed in the Netherlands it is called: Driekoningen !
Groetjes, Janneke.

Mummy Boo Bear said...

mmm well DH did take the girls to bed this evening, mainly because I have been feeling a bit yuk. And after, I have made lunch and dinner every drink cleaned walked to the supermarket and back again in the thick snow we have had. Whilst he has admitedly worked hard on his laptop and phone at home. Does this count as my Womans Christmas? lol.

Dont worry I am going to get him to put the kettle on in a minute!

Lovely post Margie. Hope you have a lovely New Year to you and your family.


Deborah said...

Happy New Year to you, too. I like the thought of Women's Christmas!

Les Cotrions said...

Hello my friend! It's a faboulous day for you today! I never heard about Women's Christmas, but I think it's great! Unfortunately I haven't a man now...hope for next year!
Big hugs!

Plumrose Lane said...

Oh you see, I love Ireland even more now! ;-) That's really a wonderful gesture, truly lovely!

I hope you're enjoying your new year, just thought I'd stop by under my new persona. ;-)
Wishing you all the best as always, Hugs♥ Sharon

Anonymous said...

I love that day, Nollaig na Mna ! It sounds that something nice ! Happy New Year to you and your family ! Big Hugs

Anonymous said...

I mean, It sounds like something nice... :)

Lilla Provence said...

Hi Margie,

now I'm back on the blog after a break due to illness: (
I have not managed to blogging, but now I feel spirited.

Hope you had a nice Christmas and New Year.
Now I read the hands on your page Hugs Sari

LuLu Kellogg said...

I think we should have that holiday here :)

I hope you and Mr. Margie had a wonderful New Year.


Cait O'Connor said...

I am wishing you a belated Nollaig na Mna

and a very happy New Year from snowy Wales.

Sugar Bear said...

I wish my husband would observe this day!

Jaana said...

I think that is one of the most important holidays there can be! I wish we had in Finland that too, but no! I have to say I'm on the same line with you, both man and woman should take part at household tasks but if its not so, good that sometimes women can get the thank you of it as they should get!

I wish you all the best for the year 2010.

Eliane Zimmermann said...

happy new year and happy new decade from frosty glengarriff! eliane

olla said...

Very interesing tradition, thanks for sharing:)

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE that crown!

Anonymous said...

It's a tradition I like *(just wish it happened once a week!) LOL. Happy New Year Margie! Pam

Plumrose Lane said...

Just stopping by to see how you are dear friend. I hope the new year is treating you well.

Anonymous said...

Hi Margie, Just stopping by to let you know I've left an award for you on my blog. I hope the new year is treating you well.
Miss you ~

Lilla Provence said...

Hello Margie

I found a translation program on google if you want to use it on my page. I use it on yours. It is direct translation from Swedish to English. Maybe not everything is right, but we can understand each other:)

have a wonderful weekend my friend

Hugs Sari

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