Ash Wednesday is a Christian day of repentance that marks the first day of Lent, the fast and spiritual buildup to Easter.
Ash Wednesday Traditions
It is traditional to make a cross on the forehead from ashes made from palm branches that were blessed on last year’s Palm Sunday. The accompanying recital is a call for humility and to live in the present “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
How did the ancients know that we are made from star dust?
Ash Wednesday Date
Ash Wednesday is the day after Mardi Gras and seven weeks before Easter. Because Easter is a moveable feast, Ash Wednesday can occur as early as February 4 and as late as March 10.
Ash Wednesday 2018
Ash Wednesday 2018 is Wednesday, February 14, 2018.