Saint Patrick's Day, colloquially St. Paddy's Day or Paddy's Day, is an annual feast day which celebrates Saint Patrick, one of the patron saints of Ireland, and is generally celebrated on 17 March. It is observed by Irish people , Irish ancestry, Roman Catholics, Anglicans and Eastern Orthodox.
It is a feast day in Roman Catholic Church but the feast day will be moved forward by 3 days if it falls during Holy Week, ie. in 1940 and 2008.
St Patrick's Day moved early due to Holy Week NATIONAL NEWS tvnz.co.nz:
"St Patrick's Day moved to early date Mar 13, 2008 2:08 PM Confusion's expected to reign tomorrow as the Catholic Church marks St Patrick's Day three days early. Catholic churches around the world are moving St Patrick's Day forward because the celebration falls during Holy Week this year - the most sombre week of the Church calendar."
Canadian provinces (Newfoundland and Labrador)
Public Outcry Leads to Petition of Congress for St. Patrick's Day National Holiday... | Reuters:
"National survey results suggest millions believe St. Patrick's Day should be a national holiday. The goal is to get at least one million petitioned signatures by midnight on March 16, 2008 so they can be presented to Congress the next day, St. Patrick's Day. In the thousands of local bars and retail stores where Guinness stout is sold, anyone who wants to support Proposition 3-17 can sign a petition, or they can visit www.Proposition317.com or text the word "SIGN" to 65579 to add their names to the petition."
Celebrated by Irish people and non-Irish people in
Lapels or caps with shamrocks
Irish alcoholic beverages
St. Patrick e-card ie. Talking Card
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