It seems as if this year's late winter holidays came all at once, in one great big holiday package, wrapped in bright red and pink paper and gold ribbons. Does this happen every year or is it just this one? Not only is today the beginning of Lunar (or 'Chinese') New Year (Happy Year of the Rooster!), but it's also Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Lenten season for Catholics. Which of course means that yesterday was Mardi Gras ("Fat Tuesday", when everyone's supposed to party hardy before abstaining for Lent). And, of course, Monday is Valentine's Day, meant to celebrate love in all its manifestations.
Happy Holy-Days, y'all-