When Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday coincide...


February 21, 2024

A group of seniors works collectively to list the ten most romantic love songs and the ten most romantic movies. (Left to right) Virginia Olson, Vanda Montgomery and Patty Treft were part of the Valentine's Day celebration at Chinook Senior Center last week.

This past week Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday occurred on the same day. I'd never thought about how often these two holidays, both with religious underpinnings, fall on the same calendar date. Turns out, not very often. While the two days infrequently fall together, the last time was in 2018, just a mere six years ago. Although I have written stories about both these holidays, reviewing my work notes and I didn't write about either day in 2018. Weird.

Some more research revealed just how rarely the two days fall on the same day. In the last century the two days coincided in 1923, 1934 and 1...

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