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Origin of Ash Wednesday
Words nearby Ash Wednesday
What is Ash Wednesday?
When is Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday happens 46 days before Easter Sunday. (Lent is often considered a period of 40 days, but it actually consists of 40 weekdays.) Since Easter Sunday moves every year, Ash Wednesday can fall between February 4 and March 10.
In 2021, Ash Wednesday falls on February 17. In 2022, Ash Wednesday falls on March 2.
More information and context on Ash Wednesday
The first records of the term Ash Wednesday come from the 1200s. The tradition of Christians having ashes placed on their forehead (often in a cross shape) on this day is based on the idea of ashes as a symbol of mortality. This theme is sometimes expressed with a specific Biblical passage: “Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” The ashes in some cases come from palms used on the previous year’s Palm Sunday.
Ash Wednesday is sometimes observed as a day of fasting, though specific practices vary, with individual churches and individual Christians observing the day in different ways.
Because Lent is a time of fasting and abstaining, the period leading up to it has become, for some, a time for indulging before the Lenten fast begins. This is especially the case for the day before Ash Wednesday, which can be called Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday) or Shrove Tuesday (which is sometimes called Pancake Day due to the tradition of eating pancakes on that day).
What are some terms that often get used in discussing Ash Wednesday?
How is Ash Wednesday discussed in real life?
Among certain Christians, Ash Wednesday is observed as the first day first day of fasting or abstaining during Lent. For this reason, it is sometimes preceded by a day of indulging, and this tradition has become popular in some places even among non-Christians.
Today is Ash Wednesday; a day we remember our mortality; a day we remember God's love for each one of us. Let us join our prayers today to recall our sins, asking God's mercy and forgiveness.
May we all have a blessed Lent. pic.twitter.com/wN8LGx3jCZ
— San Pablo Youth Commission (@SPYCSocCom) March 6, 2019
As a child the idea of where they got the ash for Ash Wednesday always fascinated me. Well I didn’t find out until today that many churches actually use the ash after burning the left over palms from Palm Sunday. How cool is that? Never be afraid to ask questions growing up!
— Jonathan Owens (@ScroochMagooch) March 6, 2019
We thought we would get ahead of Lent this year and eat our traditional Mardi Gras buns before it's Ash Wednesday and too late so.. (cardamom buns with almond paste, whipped cream and a dusting of sugar. May be served with hot cinnamon milk. Or tea/coffee. Fika!) pic.twitter.com/zzq49rFvML
— Maria Cecilia (@MeanieMary) February 3, 2021
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True or False?
Ash Wednesday is always the first day of Lent.
Example sentences from the Web for Ash Wednesday
The cartoonist, better known as Charb, was shot dead Wednesday.
Late Wednesday night, French authorities reported that Mourad had surrendered to police, while the two brothers remained at large.
But by Wednesday evening there was little in the way of organized protests or random unrest in the area.
And it was sad, very sad, to be with Mister Ham Wednesday afternoon.
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It was Wednesday night; over forty men sat down to the house-dinner at the Pandemonium Club.
Although it was the second Thursday in the month she turned to the portion appointed for the first Wednesday.
In roots and tubers the variations are less, and all, except the potato and the turnip, contain about seven per cent of ash.
Saussure has also observed that the quantity of ash diminishes in certain plants when the seed has ripened.
Thus, it has been found that in early spring the wood of the young shoots of the horse-chesnut contains 9·9 per cent of ash.
British Dictionary definitions for Ash Wednesday
Cultural definitions for Ash Wednesday
The seventh Wednesday before Easter; the first day of Lent for most Christians (see also Christian); the day after “Fat Tuesday,” or Mardi Gras. It is frequently observed as a day of fasting and repentance for sin. In some churches, ashes are placed on the foreheads of worshipers on Ash Wednesday as a reminder of their mortality. The words of God to Adam in the Bible (see also Bible) are often used in the ceremony: “Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”