Ash Wednesday (Catholic/ Christian Protestant / Hispanic)
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the 40-day season of Lent, when Christians prepare spiritually for the celebration of Easter. On this day, Catholics and some Protestant denominations will attend a special prayer service, where they will have ashes applied to their foreheads in the shape of a cross. This cross of ashes symbolizes penance, mourning and mortality.
This is a day of fasting and abstinence from meat for Catholics over the age of 14.
More information from the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church can be found here.
More information from the Catholic Church can be found here.