COUPLES planning to tie the knot today might want to reconsider as the 14th day of February is an inauspicious day to get married, according to a feng shui almanac.
Lillian Too’s Feng Shui Almanac 2018 indicates, among other things, the auspicious and inauspicious activities on each day of the year, with Feb. 14 marked as a bad day to get married as well as to travel and renovate.
Icons referring to each activity are in color black
“Activities undertaken on days with black icons indicate obstacles for the activities,” according to the almanac, adding “refrain from doing the activities indicated on [the] inauspicious day.”
Filipino feng shui practitioner Olay Aninion, who studied under Lillian Too, said in an interview that while this year’s Valentine’s Day was not a good day for marriage, couples who want to celebrate the occasion may do so without a hitch.
“It’s not necessarily an inauspicious day for couples who want to celebrate. If it’s just a date or a dinner out, it doesn’t have any effect,” clarified Aninion.
Aninion, who owns Bikram Yoga Manila studio, has been practicing feng shui for about six years.
To those who want to follow feng shui, Aninion suggested they should get married tomorrow which is an auspicious day.
The feng shui practitioner also advised couples to observe the occasion in church “so you’ll get [the priest’s] blessing.”
This year’s Valentine’s Day coincides with the observance of Ash Wednesday, the first time in 73 years.
Ash Wednesday marks the start of the 40-day Lenten Season. On this day, Catholics 14 years old and above are encouraged to abstain from meat; individuals aged 18 to 60 must fast today.
“Fasting and abstinence are acts of love. The food we do not eat or the meat we abstain from must be given to those who practically fast everyday due to extreme poverty, enduring inhuman danger,” Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said Tuesday during his Homily Guide for Ash Wednesday.
The former Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines president urged the Filipino faithful to consider celebrating true love instead of “cheap love.”
“Let us relocate love from romanticism to heroism. Let us move...from Cupid with his arrow to Jesus Christ on the Cross. Let us move from cheap love to true love,” said Villegas.
Villegas called on Filipinos to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Lenten spirit.
To do so, the prelate said the faithful should simply adhere to the three main Catholic tradition during Lent.
“The three keys for Valentine’s Day are the same three keys for the season of Lent—sacrifice, prayer, and giving,” said Villegas. With Sara Susanne Fabunan