Ash wednesday

the first day of Lent.
Historical Examples

By next Ash Wednesday, I will have learned how to fast without getting sick!
A Confederate Girl’s Diary Sarah Margan Dawson

the first day of Lent, named from the practice of Christians of placing ashes on their heads as a sign of penitence

The seventh Wednesday before Easter; the first day of Lent for most Christians; the day after “Fat Tuesday,” or Mardi Gras. It is frequently observed as a day of fasting and repentance for sin. In some churches, ashes are placed on the foreheads of worshipers on Ash Wednesday as a reminder of their mortality. The words of God to Adam in the Bible are often used in the ceremony: “Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”


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