Marc Lopez Law February 2019

FEBRUARY 2019 LOPEZ LAW

FROM THE DESK OF

Marc Lopez

THE LOPEZ FAMILY’S BUSIEST MONTH Love is in the air! The month of February has always been special to me. My little brother’s birthday is Feb. 2, and my mom’s is Feb.12. On top of that, my daughter and my niece were born within a few hours of each other on Feb. 10. In my family, the second month of the year is always important, and all these things happen before we even get to Valentine’s Day. In the Western world, we’ve settled on Feb. 14 to be the day when lovers are supposed to exchange romantic gestures. When you’ve known your spouse for 23 years — and been married for 12 — it can be difficult to maintain your enthusiasm for the holiday. My wife and I try our best, but the last couple of years have been tough. Not only has Valentine’s Day been falling right in the middle of the week, but we’ve also been blessed with a child who’s not especially fond of babysitters. Marriage is a process, and it isn’t always a smooth one. Still, we find a way to make it work — one day at a time. Children might think every holiday revolves around their personal expectations, but fully-integrated adults don’t have this luxury. We understand that love isn’t about desire — it’s about sacrifice.

KREWES, KINGCAKE, ANDCULTURE T he F ascinating H istory of M ardi G ras

Unlike most holidays, Mardi Gras is associated with a place as much as it is a time. When people think of Mardi Gras, they automatically think of New Orleans. The celebration, held on a Tuesday in either February or March, is a point of pride for NOLA residents but is often misunderstood by the general public. Here’s what you need to know about America’s most regional holiday.

THE DATE

Mardi Gras doesn’t follow the traditional holiday calendar patterns we’re familiar with. It doesn’t fall on a static date, like Christmas, or a specific day within a month, like Memorial Day. Instead, it follows the pattern of Easter, which is based on a more complicated formula. Easter takes place on the Sunday after the first ecclesiastical full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox (the start of spring). An ecclesiastical full moon, as opposed to a regular full moon, is determined by Catholic church tables, not by lunar patterns. While that part is pretty complex, determining the date of Mardi Gras is much easier: It’s 47 days before Easter. As such, it can fall on any Tuesday between Feb. 3 and March 9, hence the name Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday.”

This February, I encourage every single one of you to find some time in your life for the relationships that

make it worth living. Pleading the fifth is a solid strategy, but only when you’re talking to the police. Silence isn’t golden when you’re withholding genuine affection.

THE PLACE

While New Orleans is undoubtedly the place everyone associates with Mardi Gras, it is not where the holiday originated in America. That honor belongs to Mobile, Alabama, which

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