To feast or to fast? When Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day coincide

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It's been 73 years since Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day fell on the same day, and some Christians are facing a dilemma: Can I practice my faith while celebrating a romantic holiday?

Ash Wednesday is the first day of the Lenten season, and it entails prayer, fasting, and abstinence.

That means practitioners usually give up something for Lent in order to make room for God.

They also have their foreheads marked with ashes in the sign of the cross.

Valentine's Day, on the other hand, is usually associated with indulgence and excess.

And we asked a priest from a local church if these two days can co-exist together.

Pastor of Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Father Brian Christensen says, "So abstaining from meat on Ash Wednesday, but also fasting with smaller meals as a sign of penance during this time so to celebrate Valentine's Day on this day would be kind of awkward as we enter into Lent so what we've talked to people about is celebrating it like last night on Tuesday which is also Mardi Gras."

Father Brian says the day is named after Saint Valentine, a bishop and martyr of the church back in the 3rd century, so Valentine's Day is actually quite a Christian holiday itself.