Nollaig na mBan, also known as Women’s Christmas or Little Christmas, is a unique Irish tradition celebrated on January 6th each year. The term “Nollaig na mBan” translates to “Women’s Christmas” in English.
While the celebration of Nollaig na mBan has evolved over the years, its essence remains centred around acknowledging and honouring the contributions of women. In modern times, it has become a day for women to come together, either in person or virtually, to celebrate their achievements, support one another, and appreciate the bond of sisterhood.
Many women use this day as an occasion to enjoy a meal together, attend events, or simply spend quality time with friends and family. Some women’s groups organise special gatherings or activities, and it is not uncommon for women to receive small tokens of appreciation on Nollaig na mBan.
The day also carries a symbolic significance, representing a moment for women to reflect on the past year and set intentions for the one ahead. It is a time to celebrate the strength, resilience, and contributions of women in various aspects of life, recognising the diverse roles they play within families, communities, and society at large.
While the celebration may have originated in Ireland, its themes of recognition and appreciation for women’s contributions resonate globally, making it a day that transcends cultural boundaries.
This blog extends the intentions and celebrations of today, Nollaig na mBan through a Loving Kindness Meditation, embracing and celebrating women and acknowledging the remarkable achievements of some of the most influential women in the fields of mindfulness and compassion.