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Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday usually falls 46 days before Easter, and its date varies each year as it is dependent on the date of Easter. The day is significant for its focus on repentance, reflection, and preparation for the Easter season. The ashes used on Ash Wednesday are typically made from the palm branches blessed on the previous year's Palm Sunday.

During Ash Wednesday services, worshippers often receive ashes on their foreheads in the shape of a cross. The ashes are applied with the sign of the cross while the words

"Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return" or a similar phrase is spoken.

This ritual serves as a reminder of human mortality, the need for repentance, and the call to live a life in accordance with Christian teachings.

The Lenten season, of which Ash Wednesday marks the beginning, is a time of fasting, prayer, and penance, mirroring the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert.

Believers often use this period for self-reflection, spiritual growth, and a deeper commitment to their faith.

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