This year 2018's Valentine's Day falls on Ash Wednesday,
a very important day for Catholics and many Christians around the world.
So how do you celebrate love and romance then?
You can have dinner during the night in some fancy restaurant
but certainly avoid meat in the servings.
And very important is to attend the Holy Mass
so that ashes in the shape of the cross will be drawn on your forehead.
Valentine's Day is very much celebrated around the world
by lovers and couples and even by families and friends
because it is the day of love and romance and nothing else.
Giving flowers is the first gifts that comes to mind
with vendors all over displaying popular varieties
like daisies, lilies and most especially red roses.
Chocolates coupled with red roses are very special gifts
but any other material thing does for this special day
as long as it is given with love.
Dinner dates in the evening in fancy restaurants
or in any other place are more romantic
with establishments decorating stuffs of hearts
and heart-shaped balloons all over the place.
Some prefer in parks in seaside boulevards
or watch romantic movies
especially those that feature a happily-ever-after finale
while more lovers nowadays want to spend time in hotels
or in places where they can be alone.
Around the city, bars and concert venues feature popular artists
performing sets of good old love songs and classic favorites
serenading lovers and couples all throughout the night.
Valentine's Day 2018 becomes more romantic
and more memorable for lovers because it is also Ash Wednesday.
They can go to church together anytime of the day to attend the Holy Mass
and have the ashes painted on their foreheads in the form of a cross.
Ashes are from the palm branches
gathered from the previous years during Palm Sunday.
Having ashes on the forehead
reminds everyone of being created from dust and returning to dust after,
and of the duties involved which are repentance,
abstaining from meat or fasting from food and water for a period of time.
Some avoid food and water the entire day or like in the Holy Bible,
no food and water for 3 days and 3 nights if possible
and praying and repenting the whole time.
Fasting is so hard to do with all the great-tasting food around
but should be practiced by Catholics and Christians
for it strengthens our relationship with the Most High.
Remember that our body does not only depend on food alone
but also on God Himself.
Being without food and water for some time
make our body depend on God alone
and nothing and no one else.
Valentine's Day is not a holiday as well as Ash Wednesday,
which is well-attended in the Holy Masses with more people coming to church.
Celebrate this day with love and at the same time,
with a Holy Mass and have the ashes painted on the forehead.
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