Ash Wednesday is a significant day in the Christian calendar, denoting the beginning of the forty days repentant period of Lent which precedes Easter.
It’s observed on this day by individuals from various sectors of Christianity, including Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans and Methodists. Orthodox Christians will celebrate the day this year according to the Old Calendar. on 11th March.
The practices of Ash Wednesday, such as the placing of ashes on the foreheads of participants, go back many centuries.
What does the day signify?
Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, a six-week period during which Christians often abstain from rich foods such as meat and dairy.
Some who take part also abstain from everyday habits such as watching excessive amounts of television.
Christians take part in the annual abstinent period of Lent in order to remember and honour Jesus Christ, who spent 40 days and nights fasting in the desert while being tempted by Satan.
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