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Fasting or fun & feasting: Dilemma of the clash between Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day
In the Christian world, the religious festival of Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, February 14, this year which a day of fasting and solemnity and it has coincided with the contrasting festival of Valentine's Day this time around.

However, the young Christians are in dilemma, whether to fall for the temptation of Valentine Day or go for fasting and repentance. You can jolly well guess which side most young people will take.

According to Gospel, Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year's Palm Sunday, and placing them on the heads of participants. Devout Christians follow the tradition of using ashes as an external sign of repentance to their sins and wrong doings.

On this day, devout chant the words: "Repent, and believe in the Gospel," and "remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

Lent festival continues for 46 days, in which 40 days are for fasting baring six Sundays, which are not days of fasting. It is held that Jesus Christ had spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation by Satan.

According to Thomas Keating, "Lent is a time to renew wherever we are in that process that I call the divine therapy. It's a time to look what our instinctual needs are, look at what the dynamics of our unconscious are. Lent is a time to renew wherever we are in that process that I call the divine therapy. It's a time to look what our instinctual needs are, look at what the dynamics of our unconscious are."

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