Ash Wednesday 2018
Ash Wednesday 2018 will be celebrated on Wednesday, the 14th of February. Ash Wednesday occurs every year, 46 days prior to Easter. It is a religious holiday that begins the first day of Lent. Even though it may happen an exact amount of days before Easter, it is not a fixed date and Ash Wednesday can happen as early as the beginning of February or as late as the middle of March.
When Do We Celebrate Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday is a popular religious holiday that beings the season of fasting and prayer, Lent. It takes place exactly 46 days before Easter, every year.
Ash Wednesday was originally known as the “Day of Ashes” and always happens on a Wednesday for a reason. The day comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of fasting and tradition, which includes wearing ashes on the head.
Ash Wednesday has been celebrated since ancient times, and is not considered a national holiday, at least in the U.S. The Wednesday that falls exactly 46 days before Easter each year has marked the beginning of Lent for centuries.
Why Do We Celebrate Ash Wednesday?
Mostly Catholics celebrate this religious holiday, but many Christians do as well. Ash Wednesday comes from the earliest of Jewish traditions, so the Jewish religion still marks this day as an important holy day, but its celebration does not coincide with Jewish theological beliefs.
Ash Wednesday is celebrated all over the world, in many different ways, by many different people. Some display the ash on their skin to signify the holy day, while many others simply take part in the event of Lent.
The holiday is celebrated in many different ways, although most people who honor the day do so in a church setting. Most churches has special Ash Wednesday services, in which church goers can kick off the season of Lent by taking part in many different rites.
Since it’s not a Federal holiday in the U.S., most people don’t take the day off from work; instead, they celebrate outside of work. There are however, many places around the world that take Ash Wednesday more personal, allowing people the day off to take part in the holy day.