Friday, January 06, 2006


Fun Irelander Feature - Women's Christmas

Guess which one has never been abroad Wow you learn something new every day!

On a visit to
Sigla, I discovered a tradition I'd never heard of before which is celebrated on the 6th of January mainly in Ireland and Italy - Nollaig na mBan, or as it is known in English, Women's Christmas.

What does Women's Christmas involve you ask? Well,
Wikipedia tells us that...

"It is so called because of the tradition (still strong in Cork, though only just surviving in the rest of the country) of Irish men taking on all the household duties on that day and giving their spouses a day off."

Whoa, whoa, WHOA! Let's not go NUTS!

What a ridiculous notion altogether! On the plus side it gives me another reason to dislike Cork but still...

This idea is ludicrous because quite frankly this country can't afford to go one day without women doing the chores. The whole country would collapse if that happened.

A chain of events would occur similar to what was described in one of the Father Ted episodes. Husbands would try to make a cup of tea themselves and burn the house down, and they'd try to make their beds themselves and end up losing a leg.

Irishmen if left to themselves...
We'd be as dirty as a Frenchman

We as a country simply cannot afford to allow women even one day off from the chores.

Do we want society to crumble or what?

It's a tradition still strong in Cork and look at the state of that place.

Men can of course perhaps offer a little extra assistance on such a day. We could perhaps dry one or maybe even two cups. Perhaps we could run our own bath. As crazy as it sounds maybe we could even do a spot of hoovering. And I mean a 'spot'.

That's all well and good but giving women a whole day free of their mandatory chores? No thanks.

(Note - some of the comments in this piece about women are not meant to be taken seriously. The comments about Cork...well they're heartfelt actually. Sorry but Cork is a dump.)


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