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St. Distaff’s Day

January 27 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Distaff Day, also called Roc Day, is 7 January, the day after the feast of the Epiphany.  Due to winter storms, the event is being held Saturday, January 27.

It is also known as Saint Distaff’s Day, one of the many unofficial holidays in Catholic nations.  Many St. Distaff’s Day gatherings are held, large and small, throughout the local fiber community. The distaff, or rock, used in spinning was the medieval symbol of women’s work.  In many European cultural traditions, women resumed their household work after the twelve days of Christmas. Women of all classes would spend their evenings spinning on the wheel. During the day, they would carry a drop spindle with them. Spinning was the only means of turning raw wool, cotton or flax into thread, which could then be woven into cloth.  Men have their own way of celebrating this occasion; this is done through Plough Monday. It is the first Monday after Epiphany where men are supposed to get back to work.

This year, the Fiber Friends are pairing this event with a Bunny Registry.


January 27
11:00 am - 3:00 pm


Mary Bird
mary dot bird at umit dot maine dot edu


Page Farm and Home Museum
12 Portage Road
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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