Photo of Copper, credit of Randall Arsenault. Painting rendered in acrylic and coloured pencil.
Today many East Asians celebrate Lunar New Year. Each year has a zodiac animal, and this year’s animal is the dog, with earth as the predominant element. https://chinesenewyear2018.com/zodiac/dog/
Have a blessed and Happy Lunar New Year everyone!
Today is Saint Valentine’s Day, named after at least one Christian Saint with this name. The Saint(s) represent the freedom of God’s love. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Valentine
Today is also Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. In the Catholic tradition, people go to a Mass service and receive a cross shaped blessing made with palm branch ash. The day is also honoured by fasting from junk food and meat, hence the tradition of Pancake Tuesday or Mardi Gras.