St. Patrick’s Day could be considered the biggest religious and cultural celebration in Ireland and has been traditionally celebrated on the 17th of March – but not next year! Confused?…read on.
In 2008, St. Patrick’s Day religious celebrations in Ireland will be moved two days forward to the 15th March. This is because the 17th of March 2008 falls on the second day of Easter Week, and Easter Week takes priority over any other feasts. So with approval from Rome, the Catholic Church in Ireland have moved St. Patrick’s Day religious celebrations two days forward to the 15th March 2008.
St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland has only ever once been moved and that was in 1940 when St. Patrick’s Day clashed with Palm Sunday – which was the first day of Holy Week.
But don’t worry if you’re coming to Ireland next year to soak up the excitement and atmosphere of the Paddy’s Day celebrations, as the festivities and parades will still go ahead as normal and take place on the 17th March.
As this is one of the biggest celebrations in Ireland why not plan your trip to Ireland now – we’ve got accommodation all over Ireland so book now for St. Patrick’s Day 2008 and experience the magic and excitement for yourself!