after Quinquagesima Sunday, upon which begins the [traditional] fast of Lent. It
takes its name from the blessing and imposition of ashes peculiar to this day."
Ash Wednesday is the
first day of the penitential season of Lent. It occurs 46 days before Easter,
between February 4 - March 10. It is a day of fasting.
Note: For dates of
Ash Wednesday, try
here (.pdf flier)
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