Asking for a friend: Should I take my wife out for Valentine’s Day dinner on Ash Wednesday?
It hasn’t happened since 1945, so it’s no wonder we’re puzzling about it.
This year, Valentine’s Day—that celebration of romantic love complete with schmaltzy cards, chocolate, overpriced roses, and special dinners—falls on the same day as Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting and abstinence for Catholics.
Ash Wednesday is one of two days that are considered universal days of fast and abstinence; the other one is Good Friday. In the Roman Catholic Church, fasting means limiting the intake of food and drink – typically to one main meal and two smaller meals, with no solid foods in between. Abstaining means refraining from