Everything You Need to Know About St. Patrick's Day 2023 — Including Why We Celebrate

Out of all the different ways to welcome the spring season, name a better option than by celebrating St. Patrick's Day. We'll wait!

Listen, the holiday has *all* the perks. First off, green is everyone's color. And second, it's during a time when the weather is just beginning to warm up a bit. But more importantly—can we talk about the food? Between loaded Irish nachos, Bailey's cocktails, and all the traditional Irish meals—it's clear that an Irish diet goes unmatched. Top it off with some good Irish tunes and movies, and you've got yourself a festive St. Patrick's Day!

However you decide to channel the Irish holiday is up to you. But it's definitely important to know when St. Patrick's Day is in 2023. Unlike other spring holidays like Easter and Lent, St. Patrick's Day's has the same date every year. But not too fast—the day of the week changes, so you should probably start planning around that sooner rather than later. Because whether it falls on a weekday versus a weekend is a huge deal. So, read on for everything you need to know about St. Paddy's Day, including when it is.

When is St. Patrick's Day in 2023?

Even though St. Patrick's Day falls on the same date every year—March 17—the day of the week changes. In 2023, St. Patrick's Day falls on Friday, March 17.

Sláinte! The holiday falls at the very start of the weekend. This means your Friday night dinner might end up turning into a long night out instead. 😉 For those with kids—you can start your weekend off by making some Irish coffee, just right before you divulge into some family friendly St. Patrick's Day crafts!

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Is St. Patrick's Day always on March 17?

Good question. The answer is yes! The earliest observance of St. Patrick's Day dates back to Ireland in the 1600s. It began as—and remains—a religious day to recognize the death of St. Patrick, Ireland's patron saint who brought Christianity to the country (although he was born a wealthy Englishman!). Because it's a feast day in Christianity, the date remains March 17.

This harkens back to the history of St. Patrick's Day: The holiday as we know it today, with parades, parties, and more, emerged from Irish-Americans in the 1800s, according to Time. By the end of the century, big cities like Boston, New York, and Chicago were hosting major celebrations for everyone to take part in over the course of days leading up to March 17. So funnily enough, the St. Patrick's Day festivities we know today are more American than Irish!

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