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Ash Wednesday

Published on 21 February 2023 01:59 PM

Ash Wednesday in the Catholic and Christian religions as well as many others. This day marks the beginning of the forty days of Lent period that leads up to the Easter holiday.

On Ash Wednesday, you may encounter Christians, especially Catholics, wearing a smudge of ashes on their foreheads. The ash is placed there by a priest or minister in the shape of a cross as a symbol acknowledging sin. This is also a time Catholics fast.

The six-week Lenten period culminates with Easter, when Christians believe Jesus died and was resurrected. This year, Ash Wednesday falls on March 2, 2022, six and a half weeks before Easter.

Want to learn more? Check out the links below:

Why Christians wear ash: Link

The meaning of the cross of ashes: Link

Guide for Christians Celebrating: Link