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When is Ash Wednesday 2022 – Wednesday, March 2

When is Ash Wednesday?

When is Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent in the Western church. It is 46 days before Easter and marks the start of the holy season. As the moon moves around, the date of Ash Wednesday will change from year to year. Ash Wednesday can start on February 4, and the last day is March 10.

Some Protestant groups, such as Methodists, Presbyterians, and Lutherans, also observe Ash Wednesday. This is mostly because the Roman Catholic Church celebrates Ash Wednesday, but some Protestant groups also do.
In Northern Europe and parts of Latin America and the Caribbean, it takes place right after the two days of Carnival that happen there.

March 2 Ash Wednesday History

On this day, people go to church and are marked on the forehead with ashes to show that they are sorry for their past sins. “Remember that you are dust, and you will return to dust.” This is what the priest will say when he marks the ground. The practice of marking with ashes began in the early church as a way for people who had been bad for a long time to show that they wanted to change. By the end of the 10th century, a lot of people who were religious were doing this, and it had spread to everyone else.

When is Ash Wednesday
When is Ash Wednesday

The ashes are made by burning the palms that were used in the church on Palm Sunday the year before. Palm Sunday marked the day when Jesus came into Jerusalem after 40 days and nights in the desert.

During the 40 days before Easter, Roman Catholics aren’t supposed to do anything with their bodies, including eat meat. This is meant to remind us of the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert before he began his work. Catholics start Lent with Ash Wednesday, which is a day of fasting, giving up meat, and apologizing for things that have gone wrong.

What is Ash Wednesday?

A day called “National No Smoking Day” is held in Ireland on Ash Wednesday because it’s seen as a good time for people to give up something they enjoy, like smoking.


Length of Lent:

People say that Lent lasts for 40 days. Ash Wednesday comes 46 days before Easter, when that isn’t the case.
Sunday is a special day for Christians to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday, so it isn’t counted as part of Lent. This makes Lent longer than 40 days. Lent is from Monday to Saturday in the six weeks before Easter. When we add Wednesday to Saturday in the week before, we get to 40 days.

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The Orthodox Christian church doesn’t use ashes, and Holy Week (the week before Easter) isn’t counted as part of Lent. Sundays are counted, though. People who follow the Orthodox calendar say that Lent starts on Orthodox Shrove Monday instead of Ash Wednesday. This is also known as “Clean Monday.” It’s two days before Ash Wednesday.


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