Ash Wednesday falls on February 18, 2015, marking the beginning of Lent for Christians around the world. When the day arrives, Christians embark on a 40-day season of fasting that is considered preparation for Holy Week and the celebration of Easter.
Christians observe Ash Wednesday by visiting a local church or religious center where clergy dispense ashes, making the sign of the cross on their bowed foreheads. As they deliver the ashes, pastors or priests recite Genesis 3:19: “For dust you are and to dust you shall return.”
See how Christians around the world are observing Ash Wednesday: