Happy Roc Day!

While I am not going out to any Roc Day celebrations TODAY as I do not know of any in the area until Saturday. I do plan on doing some spinning, weaving and knitting on my own today.

What is Roc day you ask?

Distaff Day, also called Roc Day, is 7 January, the day after the feast of the Epiphany. It is also known as Saint Distaff’s Day, since it was not really a holiday at all. In many European cultural traditions, women resumed their household work after the twelve days of Christmas. The distaff, or rock, used in spinning was the medieval symbol of women’s work. Often the men and women would play pranks on each other during this day, as was written by Robert Herrick in his poem “Saint Distaffs day, or the Morrow After Twelfth Day” which appears in his Hesperides.

Some modern craft groups have taken up the celebration of Distaff day as part of their new year celebrations.

I may try and remember to plan a ROC day with friends for next year. Apple Leef Farm is having a Roc Day celebration this Saturday the 9th from 10am to????? See Leef’s website for details.

The other celebrations going on this month that I know of are both in Oklahoma. One this Saturday the 9th in Bethany and one the 16th in Tulsa.

Would love to be able to go to Tulsa but alas it is not possible.


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