Today, Ash Wednesday, starts the liturgical season of Lent in the Catholic Church. Some Protestant Christian faiths also recognize this season. The ashes are a symbol of repentance. It is also a day of fasting and abstaining from meat. The 40 days of Lent are a time of repentance in preparation for the holiest days of the year – Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. Here is a brief explanation.
About Lent and Ash Wednesday