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A Perfect blend of Lent fasting and Valentine's Day

Swapna Mohanty | Updated on: 14 February 2018, 12:14 IST

For all those who aren't single, Valentine's Day for you mostly means a lavish dinner, flowers, cookies and chocolate and champagne toasts.

But, unfortunately, this is the first time since 1945, Ash Wednesday(the beginning of the Lent) has coincided with Valentine’s Day. These two dates overlapped in the year 1923 and 1934 and will coincide again in 2024 and 2029.

For those who would be marking the season of penance leading up to Easter would be in dilemma as to how to harmonize the traditional belief with a romantic celebration. While Lent is all about fasting and abstaining self from having meat, V-day is mostly is contrary.

Ideas that would help you observe both the days

Sacrifice and charity

Veges Rocks

'Ash Wednesday' never mean complete fasting but it is only abstaining from meat so couples can have a romantic dinner with a vegetarian platter.

Go praying

Going to church and praying for the strengthening of your bond is always better than anything else. 10 minutes of deep silence prayer would help you connect with each others soul.

It is a misconception that 'Ash Wednesday' abstains you from being intimate. There's no such restriction on married couples. Rather expressing love in a sexual way is believed to be a gesture of showing faith and togetherness.

Movie Day Out

Going out on a movie date on Valentines Day is definitely a fair deal because the one you would only focus on the movie and restrain your hunger pangs from having something fried in theatre. This would save a lot of money and also not disturb your fast.

Give time to your partner

Purpose of Valentine’s Day isn’t having lobster and fried food but spend some quality time with your loved ones. If you dedicate a part evening after office to them, you can still have a great Valentine’s Day.

First published: 14 February 2018, 12:14 IST