Fun Fact February 26, 2020.
25 February 2020
Today is Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is exactly 46 days before Easter Sunday, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter is a moveable feast based on the cycles of the moon. The earliest date Ash Wednesday can occur is February 4th. The latest date Ash Wednesday can occur is March 10th It is a Christian holy day of prayer and fasting. It is preceded by Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday, and falls on the first day of Lent, the six weeks of penitence before Easter. Ash Wednesday is traditionally observed by Western Christians. As it is the first day of Lent, many Christians begin Ash Wednesday by marking a Lenten Calendar, praying a Lenten daily devotional, and making a Lenten sacrifice that they will not partake of until Easter. Ash Wednesday derives its name from the placing of repentance ashes on the foreheads of participants. The ashes are prepared by burning palm leaves from the previous year’s Palm Sunday celebrations. Ashes were used in ancient times to express grief. The gesture was also used to express sorrow for sins and faults. People give up, or sacrifice, a variety of things for Lent, ranging from chocolate to red meat, soda, social media, alcohol or even coffee.