Ash Wednesday

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From Middle English Aschewednysday, from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year's Palm Sunday, and placing them on the heads of participants.


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Ash Wednesday (plural Ash Wednesdays)

  1. (Christianity) The first day of Lent, observed as a strict day of penitence in some traditions of Western Christianity, including Roman Catholicism.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Ash Wednesday is a movable feast, which takes place 46 days before Easter, providing for 40 days of Lent (excluding the six Sundays).