What Is #Ashtag? Ash Wednesday Now Means Snapping Selfies For Catholics Around The World

One Wednesday every winter, it’s not unusual to see people walking around with a black mark smeared on their foreheads. That’s because those people have visited their churches on Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. The ashes are meant to remind Catholics that “you are dust and to dust you shall return," as priests say — in other words, the body is only physical, and parishioners must prepare for death.

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