Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, is the first day of Lent and occurs 46 days before Easter.Ash Wednesday is observed by fasting, abstinence from meat, and repentance
                    Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. The ashes used are typically gathered after the palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday are burned.
                 Dusting oneself with ashes was the penitent's way of expressing sorrow for sins and faults. At Masses and services of worship on this day, ashes are imposed on the foreheads of the faithful. The priest, minister, or in some cases officiating layperson, marks the forehead of each participant with black ashes in the shape of a cross. In some churches, they are mixed with a small amount of water or olive oil,which serve as a fixative.