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Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday: What's a girl to do?

Valentine 2018

by Lori Titsworth

Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14. It originated as a feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus and is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world.

The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, sweet treats and sending greeting cards, known as "valentines." In Europe, Saint Valentine's Keys are given to lovers "as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver's heart", as well as to children, in order to ward off epilepsy.

This year, Valentine's Day is also shared with Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting, which signifies the first day of Lent in Western Christianity. This "clashing" of two very important days presents a problem for those of us who like to partake in a delicious bite of cheesecake (oh who are we kidding, I plan to eat a big slice or two or….), or chocolates or a gourmet dinner.

It is suggested that we celebrate Valentine's Day on Fat Tuesday (which seems only fitting as you most likely will add a little more girth to your waistline) and fast on Wednesday, thus honoring Ash Wednesday.

I propose that on Wednesday, instead of smacking down a variety of goolicious treats, do something that doesn't cost an arm and a leg such as going for a long walk, a romantic drive or dare I say it, put your cell phone down and actually converse with someone and give them your undivided attention.

Look, the fact of the matter is that you should be showing kindness, understanding, forgiveness, and love to those around you EVERY day . . . . not just on Valentine's Day….but if you want to send me flowers, I prefer roses.

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