Ash Wednesday facts for kids
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent in the Western Christian calendar. It occurs 46 days before Easter. The date is different each year because the date of Easter varies. It can fall as early as February 4 and as late as March 10.
Ash Wednesday is a very important part of Lent.
The dates of Ash Wednesday are:
Images for kids
A priest marks a cross of ashes on a worshipper's forehead, the prevailing form in English-speaking countries.
A deacon burning palm fronds from the previous Palm Sunday for Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday by Carl Spitzweg: the end of Carnival
The chancel of a church on Ash Wednesday 2015 (the veiled altar cross and purple paraments are customary during Lent).
Imposition of ashes during a Lutheran Ash Wednesday Mass, 2017
Imposition of ashes at Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune Catholic Church, Strasbourg, 2014
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