The Gritty Symbolism Of Ash Wednesday, Explained

This Wednesday marks the first day of March and the first day of Lent, during which time Christians (mostly Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, and Presbyterians) will fast, abstain from meat on Fridays, or simply do their best to refuse their earthly pleasure of choice. The day that kicks off this season is, of course, Ash Wednesday. On this day, worshippers attend services, start their fasting, and, most notably, wear ashes on their foreheads.

Since Lent represents the time that Jesus spent...

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