RELIGION
02/18/2015 10:41 am ET Updated May 14, 2015

Christians Celebrate Ash Wednesday Around The World

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:

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Ash Wednesday 2015 Around The World
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