Angela emailed me to ask if it's true that St. Patrick's Day has been moved
this year, from March 17 to March 15. Yes, it's true. At least for the Irish.
The problem is that Easter falls unusually early this year, which means that the traditional date for St. Patrick's Day, March 17, is going to land in the middle of Holy Week (the week immediately preceding Easter). To avoid this, Church authorities have ordered that religious celebrations for St. Patrick's Day occur instead on March 15th in Ireland.
Similarly, in Chicago organizers have moved the annual parade
an entire week earlier, to avoid conflicting with Palm Sunday.
I assume that non-Catholics who celebrate St. Patrick's Day can continue to do so on the traditional date. I look forward to St. Paddy's Day as an excuse to have corned beef with cabbage, washed down with a pint of Guinness. Maybe I'll celebrate it on the 15th and the 17th this year.