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03/09/2011 01:23 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Ash Wednesday Around The World: Filipinos Form 'World's Largest' Human Cross And More (PHOTOS)

Catholics around the world observed Ash Wednesday by getting their foreheads marked with ashes, while others began a solemn time of fasting for the duration of Lent in accordance with Christian tradition.

Filipino students at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila took their devotion to a spectacular new level by forming an enormous human cross, reportedly even breaking a record to become the world's largest.

See photos of the spectacular cross, as well as other shots of Ash Wednesday ceremonies in India and Italy, here:

Ash Wednesday Around The World