Why Christians wear ashes for Ash Wednesday and give up their favorite things for Lent

On Ash Wednesday, you may encounter Christians, especially Catholics, wearing a smudge of ashes on their foreheads. That could be a bit startling, unless you know the meaning behind this religious practice. Here is what you should know about Ash Wednesday and the celebration of Lent. What is Ash Wednesday? Ash Wednesday – officially known as the

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