Well, people both young and old celebrate Valentine's Day on February 14 every year to show one's love and care for loved ones but it's going to be different this time around with Ash Wednesday falling on the same day.
As a compromise Catholic bishops have suggested celebrating the festival of romance this evening instead - but those who may leave it to tomorrow may end up having a more abstemious meal than is usual.
"Putting a "cross" mark on the forehead was in imitation of the spiritual mark or seal that is put on a Christian at baptism". Devout Christians follow the tradition of using ashes as an external sign of repentance to their sins and wrong doings.
Oubre has been coordinator for one month so this is his first time setting up the Ash Wednesday event at this college.
Ayana Pinkney, 12, talks about what she's giving up for Lent.
"Valentine's Day is all about love, and the beginning of Lent also is about God expressing his sacrificial love for us", May said.
According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, Lent is, above all else, to prepare men for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ, the better the preparation, the more effective the celebration will be. He loves us truly and faithfully.
He said "Thus, it is sinful to ignore the needs of others".
Ashes, he said, remind people of the penitential spirit of Lent.
"May our observance of Lent bring renewal so that we receive a new life, a life of grace, and become children of God", he added. "So Christians have to be careful on what they give prominence".
Ash Wednesday services often involve blessing ashes made from burning the palm fronds from the previous year's Palm Sunday, and spreading them on the foreheads of the faithful. Let us fill Lent with love.
Osu said that in the Archdiocese of Lagos, the faithful would be led into the Lenten season by the Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Martins, at the Holy Cross Cathedral. This is because of the time of year when it happens, as this is when the days start to get longer, as we approach summer.
"All donations will go towards building houses for the homeless", he said.
"Let's join hearts and build a house for a poor family".
"Our poor brothers and sisters look forward to your generosity".