Opinion Billy Keane

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Women still do most of the work -- so the least they deserve is their own Christmas

The roles of women may have changed but the concept of the day is still relevant
The roles of women may have changed but the concept of the day is still relevant

There was this cranky old man and it was his firm opinion that the women were 'spoilt'. He left it at just the 'spoilt'. To be fair to the old curmudgeon, he didn't go so far as to say they were 'spoilt rotten'.

Today is Women's Christmas and it is a big occasion for the ladies in some parts of Ireland, particularly where I come from in north Kerry. The women dress up in their best for Nollaig na mBan, have a bite to eat, the few drinks and a great old chat about all sorts with a good few laughs, as is the custom. Because Women's Christmas falls on a Monday, a back-to-school and work day, the event has been celebrated over the past three nights.

The feast is confined mostly to Kerry and Cork. For the life of me, I cannot understand why Women's Christmas isn't nationwide or international. I love the symbolism of it all. It goes back as far as anyone can remember and the celebration is inter-generational.

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