Valentine’s Day 2018 a day for love and lovers, and also penance and fasting

Carnival season officially kicked off Saturday as Jan. 6 is Epiphany, the 12th day of Christmas. It is also known as “King’s Day,” because it represents the revelation of God as man through Jesus Christ. Carnival is also known as Mardi Gras, which ends at midnight on Mardi Gars Day or Fat Tuesday.

This year, Mardi Gras Day is Tuesday, February 13. Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, just happens to fall on Valentine’s Day — Feb. 14. Easter Sunday is April 1, commonly known as April Fool’s Day.

Easter, unlike other holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, rotates from year to year. While Thanksgiving is always the last Thursday in November, it is not always on the same date. But Easter is not only on a different day from year to year, it’s also on different weeks and even months.

According to, the formula to determine on which day Easter falls is simple — if you’re an astronomer. Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or after the day of the vernal equinox.

And while it may be hard to enjoy a box of Valentine’s Day chocolates on the first day of Lent, a day of fasting and self denial, it’s only a few years until you will be faced with the same dilemma. Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day will next cross paths on Wednesday, Feb, 14, 2024.