Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday 2019 is on Wednesday, March 6, 2019

What is Ash Wednesday?

Ashes are sprinkled on the top of the head in this 1881 Polish painting.
Ashes are sprinkled on the top of the head in this 1881 Polish painting.

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and occurs 46 days before Easter. It is a moveable fast, falling on a different date each year because it is dependent on the date of Easter. It can occur as early as February 4 or as late as March 10.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. The ashes used are typically gathered after the palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday are burned.