What is Ash Wednesday, and why is it celebrated with an ash cross on people’s foreheads?

What is Ash Wednesday, and why is it celebrated with an ash cross on people’s foreheads?

Some of us will celebrate this coming February 14th (Valentine’s Day) with chocolates and flowers. But most Catholics and some Christians will also celebrate Ash Wednesday on the 14th, the first day of Lent. During the 40 days of Lent, practicing Catholics partake in a fasting ritual during which they often give up eating meat, dairy, and other foods while participating in certain...

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