Ash Wednesday coincides with Valentine’s Day
Written by Keshia Jansen on February 13, 2018
For the first time in 73 years, Ash Wednesday – the first day of Lent in Western Christianity – will fall on 14 February, Valentine’s Day.
Ash Wednesday occurs 46 days before Easter, the Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
On Ash Wednesday, Christian denominations, including the Roman Catholics and Anglicans, call upon the members of the church to fast.
According to The Morning Call, members are typically allowed to have one full meal and two small meals that together don’t equal a full meal.
One can immediately see how this presents a bit of a problem with Valentine’s Day.
Most churches have suggested celebrating Valentine’s Day a bit earlier in order to maintain the sacredness of Ash Wednesday.
Rev. Benjamin Butler, associate pastor at St. Stephen Catholic church in Nashville, says that this may be an appropriate way to start Lent.
“With Lent itself, it’s a constant reminder of how God has been good to us,” says Butler.
“But also how in our individual lives, we’re called to love God and grow in that love even more.”
Similarly, The Federalist notes that both days have one thing in common, love.
The difference is that Valentine’s Day is about our love for one another, and Ash Wednesday is about Christian’s love for God.
Meanwhile, Valentine’s Day has been banned in Pakistan, after it was ruled as “un-Islamic.”
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) issued a warning to television and radio broadcasting stations, reminding them that the promotion of any associations with Valentine’s Day in the media remains forbidden.
How will you be celebrating on 14 February?