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February 13, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Thrown for a loop.

If you’re a romantic or religious, this might jolt you into dropping those parade beads.

Cold hearted, some would say.

Vintage Ash Wednesday card - Mardi Gras ends. Before 1923. (Caldwell & Co. (USPD., artist life/

And you thought it was just Hallmark: a pre-1923 Ash Wednesday card.(USPD/

Mardi Gras ends right before Ash Wednesday as usual, but Gads, Valentines Day is also on Wednesday. (“Fasting or champagne? Valentines Day, Ash Wednesday in Rare Confluence”)

Thoughtlessly colliding for the first time since 1945.

Now normally if there’s a problematic holiday clash – say for example if St. Patrick’s Day happens to show up on a Lent’s Friday – some Roman Catholic dioceses in the U.S. (especially those in heavily Irish-American areas) give a pass to believers who can then go ahead and enjoy the traditional corned beef and cabbage without feeling guilty, backing up confessionals, or drooling over the forbidden.

But they ain’t gonna do it this time.

“Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are the only two days of the whole year on which fasting and abstinence are required,” Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, New York, posted online Friday. “Those who are accustomed to celebrating Valentine’s Day might do so the day before. Join it up with Mardi Gras.”

Join up Mardi Gras with Valentines? Where’s the love?

Somehow “Be my sweetheart” doesn’t samba well with the Carnival mood (we won’t mention the Rio attire….)

There’s something about a masked lover…

OK, so both feature partying, sweets, lots of gold and bling, not sure the riotous Mardi Gras purple and green wouldn’t be bruising to the true heart Valentines’ red.

Honesty, so far this year we’ve played dodgeball with asteroids, mooned blue and super, and explained cave-ins as new Man Cave potential for real-estate.

Now we’re faced with holidays double dipping both this month and the next?

Playing us for fools bunny hopping to Easter on April 1st.

Nope, not going to Chicken Little over it. (But you do have to wonder…)

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Valentine, 1910 American, Little girl holding Valentine with poem. Missouri History Museum/Int. Art Pub.Co. (USPD, artist life/

Oh, yeah. Goes perfectly with Mardi Gras, Bishop Malone. (USPD/



  1. shoreacres / Feb 13 2018 6:43 am

    If I’d thought about it soon enough, I would have done a post on things St. Valentine might be giving up for Lent… there’s possibilities to that one. But alas: the thought just now came to me, there’s not enough time to be clever, and I’ve got something else in process anyway. But combining Valentine’s Day with Mardi Gras? That’s even weirder. Laissez les bonne coeurs rouler?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 13 2018 8:12 am

      Ha! Love the phrase – much better than the combo I tried to create. This should have been funnier, but it was a quick giggle last night, and didn’t get the timing/attention it should have had
      (Whoa – almost ran right into a large coyote running down our street this morning. Probably drawn by restaurant smells. In pretty good shape but one hind leg limping. If he keeps going the way he was headed and doesn’t get lost in street maze, he’ll make it to lake/island and then can wind way back to thicket. Neighbor called animal control. Wanted a pix, but had a two handed hold on Molly who was transforming to her wild wolf look. Fingers crossed he makes it safely home.)
      Everyone’s had the experience of being out to party one night then waking up confused as to where they were.
      Thanks for dancing along

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  2. easyweimaraner / Feb 13 2018 6:45 am

    we just noticed that fact with easter and the april fools day ;o) it’s weird somehow that totally different holidays share one day this year… maybe a sign that our world become cray more and more ?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 13 2018 8:02 am

      This whole year has been weird – what’s next? (Hope your left over wires and pieces all got plugged in and stashed away so no one tripped or was tempted to chew them!)
      Thanks for stopping by to party here


  3. Kate Crimmins / Feb 13 2018 6:57 am

    Back east it’s also donut day today. Perhaps have some chocolate donuts and call it a day!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 13 2018 8:00 am

      Fat Tuesday indeed! Everyday is donut day…or I wish it still could be HAHA(Who would want to have their relocated Valentines Day on a day known for fat? Depressing.Chocolate and sweets without guilt!) Thanks for the delicious comment

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  4. 1bl0gr3ad3r / Feb 13 2018 9:16 am

    Hmmm, wonder if this might actually make Grumpy Cat smile? Hope the coyote made it to safety & glad you were prepared for Molly’s reaction!


  5. Curt Mekemson / Feb 13 2018 9:27 am

    No question about what happens in this household. Peggy is an implacable ROMANTIC. We celebrate Valentines Day or I may as well hang my hat elsewhere. But, hey, I also avoid fish on Friday. Does that make me a pagan? Or does anyone still follow that custom? –Curt


  6. Amy / Feb 13 2018 11:09 am

    You’re right. The confluence of religious and secular holidays do seem peculiarly apropos in 2018.


  7. sportsattitudes / Feb 13 2018 11:44 am

    Walked into the grocery store today and almost got lost in the tall, elongated, red maze of outrageously-priced roses. I am indeed fortunate my wife has always preferred red carnations instead. When we first met I thought it was one of those “she says she doesn’t want roses but she really does” deals but when presented with roses the response was “weren’t you listening to me?” Mistakes never to be repeated…carnations it is…and reassurances listening is always taking place…!


  8. Paprika Furstenburg / Feb 14 2018 7:11 am

    It is a very odd combination of holidays this year.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 14 2018 7:42 am

      It is so weird …April 1st we’ll be hearing lots of snarky jokes, no doubt. Thanks for adding a timely comment


  9. LordBeariOfBow / Feb 15 2018 10:47 pm

    Thank god I’m an atheist 😈 😛 😀

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 16 2018 6:45 am

      But the question is, did you get the red underwear and sort the shoes? (See today’s post.) Happy Chinese New year!
      Thanks for tossing a grin this way

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      • LordBeariOfBow / Feb 16 2018 5:02 pm

        Unfortunately not phil, I have to obey the War Office and so I’m condemned to grey 👿 🐻


  10. RKLikesReeses / Feb 17 2018 2:52 pm

    Yikes!! Didnt realize this happened. Tough choices!
    (I gave up on holidays a long time ago)


  11. heretherebespiders / Mar 15 2018 1:54 pm

    Did you hear that Ireland has finally lifted the ban on alcohol sales on Good Friday? Those US Catholics better catch up to the auld sod!


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