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Five “Celebration” Days in February 2015

February 15, 2015

If you are a Canadian Christian, you might realize we are in the midst of five consecutive “celebration” days on the calendar.

  • February 14 – Valentine’s Day
  • February 15 – Flag Day, and specifically for Canada the 50th anniversary of the red & white maple leaf
  • February 16 – In Alberta, this civic holiday is celebrated as “Family Day” though I realize it has different names in other provinces.
  • February 17 – Shrove Tuesday, aka Pancake Tuesday, is a day of feasting before…
  • February 18 – Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, takes place 46 days before Easter. Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a sign of mourning and repentance to God.

When we think of Valentine’s Day, we identify it as a holiday celebrating love. In celebrating our flag, and thereby country, I trust we celebrate the freedom’s we enjoy and remember those who sacrificed under that flag so we may experience a free, democratic, place to live. On Family Day, we celebrate our family in whatever form that may take and hopefully remind ourselves this “holiday” is not the only time we should set aside for “family activities.”

As Christians, our family and our freedom’s in Canada are a privilege to celebrate. Yet in light of world events over this weekend (ie. ISIS beheading 21 Coptic Christians), enjoying Shrove Tuesday “feasting” and considering what we may be willing to sacrifice for the period of Lent may cause us to approach these “holy days” with more thoughtfulness and appreciation.

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