In 2018, Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day Share Feb. 14th

This year, Ash Wednesday falls on February 14th, Valentine’s Day. Catholics are still obligated to fast this upcoming Wednesday, so if you’re planning to take your sweetheart on a romantic dinner to celebrate, it might be best to do so on an alternate day.

Read this Q&A from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to find out more about expected practices on Ash Wednesday and throughout Lent.

Watch this History Channel video to learn more about the history of St. Valentine, and why Valentine’s Day is now celebrated as a romantic holiday.