Illustration of a Boy having a Cross Mark on his Forehead for the observance of Ash Wednesday


    March 1, 2017


    Last Year (2016)  Wednesday, February 10
    Present Year (2017) Wednesday,  March 1
    Next Year (2018) Wednesday, February 14


    The feast of Ash Wednesday is the most important holy days in the liturgical calendar and is celebrated by the people of Christian Community as the first day of Lent which begins 40 days prior to Easter.  It is the time when many Christians around the globe prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.  In many churches, the festival of Ash Wednesday is celebrated and this includes who attend Catholics and other church schools.

    In order to remind individuals of their mortality, sorrows for sins, change and forgiveness, priests usually place blessed ashes in the form of the cross on individual’s foreheads.  This fest marks the beginning of Lenten discipline for observant Christians.  Well, this is the best time of fasting and prayer in preparation for receiving or reaffirming baptism at Easter.  This is the time to make up for what we have done wrong in the past and strive to live more in keeping with God’s will. Pancakes, Rio Carnival, Mardi Gras are all associated with this feast. Ash Wednesday follows Shrove Tuesday, which features Mardi Gras celebrations.

    Rio Carnival is a five-day celebration filled with music, Samba and beautiful costumes. It is a celebration that starts five days before Ash Wednesday.

    For most of the Christians, it is time to reconsider and think about one’s life choices and mortality.  Many people choose this fest or time to make donations or charities to get close to the God.

    What makes this feast more special and famous is the practice of marking foreheads with ashes.  It’s not only in Christian Churches, Ash Day or Lent is observed by the Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian and Anglican denominations, and also by Roman Catholics.