Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and Easter are observed by many Christians throughout the world, including Catholics and Protestants. Ash Wednesday, also known as Day of Ashes, marks the beginning of Lent, a forty-day period (excluding Sundays) of repentance from sin, reflection, and fasting.
This six-week period leads up to Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. During Lent, many Christians fast by limiting themselves to one meal or two smaller meals and abstaining from eating meat. This is seen as a commemoration of Jesus Christ’s fasting in the desert for 40 days.