4 things to know about Lent, Ash Wednesday

2018 Lenten season starts Wednesday

By Erica Hernandez - Digital Journalist

SAN ANTONIO - Wednesday is the first day of Lent, and many Christians will observe the day by going to Mass to be blessed with ashes.

Here's what you need to know:

Why do you get ashes on Wednesday? 

The ashes are made from the palm branches blessed from the previous year's Palm Sunday. When they are placed on the forehead, the priest will usually say "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

How many days are in Lent?

Lent is a 40-day period that comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before Easter. 

Can you eat meat during Lent?

Some religions are more strict than others on what you can eat on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during lent. For the most part, people 14 years old or older must abstain from meat (beef, chicken and pork). Dairy, eggs and fish are allowed. 

What to give up for Lent?

According to Twitter, the top five things people are giving up for lent this year are as follows:
    1. Social networking
    2. Twitter
    3. Alcohol
    4. Chocolate
    5. Meat

According to LifeWay Research, one in four Americans still observe Lent, and Hispanics are the most likely ethnic group to observe Lent.

In the comments below, tell us what you are giving up for Lent, and also take our poll about Lent.


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