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Today is the 12th Day of Christmas, or by Catholics, the Feast of the Epiphany. In Ireland it has been traditionally called Nollaig na mBan - Womens' Christmas -  because on this day, after all the lovely Christmas fare having been provided by the women, it was the men's turn to take over the cooking!

Traditionally this day honouring women is marked by events such as celebrations of music, exhibitions and parties.

This year a four-day festival actually began at dusk yesterday with the illumination of the Palace Street Offices on Dame Street in Dublin with projected images of six famous Irish women. Aviatrix Lady Mary Heath, astronomer Agnes Clerke, one-time Queen of Paraguay Eliza Lynch, St Brigid, High Queen of Ireland Gormlaith, and mathematician and computer programmer Kay McNulty were the women featured.

This has been organized by a Ms Lynch who is asking people in other parts of the country to get involved by hosting their own Illuminate Her-Story event to celebrate the women they love. “In this dark month of January we chose the theme of light,” she said.
“We want to start the year with optimism and hope, as we strive for equality for all. The Irish are known as the best storytellers in the world, but until now we have only told half the story. Illuminate Her-Story is an event for the people, and it’s really easy to get involved and pay tribute to the women you love.”

For articles on the women above and others see: http://www.herstory.ie/home/

Below: Boticelli's VENUS


How lovely and what a wonderful example for the rest of the world to take into the new year.

- Erulisse (one L)
Hear hear!
We took our cards down this morning.

Oddly enough the Anglicans seem to think the fifth is twelfth night- I was always taught to count it from Christmas day- being Epiphany seems to make much more sense.
wow to that image