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Ash Wednesday

noun
1.
the first day of Lent.
Origin of Ash Wednesday
1250-1300
1250-1300
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British Dictionary definitions for Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

noun
1.
the first day of Lent, named from the practice of Christians of placing ashes on their heads as a sign of penitence
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Ash Wednesday in Culture

Ash Wednesday definition


The seventh Wednesday before Easter; the first day of Lent for most Christians; 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 are often used in the ceremony: “Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”

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