St Patrick’s day is Monday March 17th 2008, right? Well it turns out that things are not so simple. Due to the early Easter holiday this year, St Patrick’s day conflicts with holy week. Because of this, Roman Catholic Church officials have moved St Patrick’s day feast up to Saturday the 15th of March.
This is the first time since 1940 that St Patrick’s day conflicts with holy week. Easter is traditionally held on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring equinox. St Patrick’s feast and mass is traditionally held on March 17th. Another conflict is not expected until 2160!
The net result has been some confusion among event organizers. Many US St Patrick’s day events are still being scheduled on the traditional 17 March date, while others scheduled for the Sunday before now find themselves with events on Palm Sunday. Bishops are urging Catholics not to violate the church rule that no feasts in honor of a Saint be held during holy week, so the church and some cities have moved their events to the 15th or even earlier.
How will it all turn out? No one really knows, but I hope you enjoy your St Patrick’s day celebration and have a great week.
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