Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the 40-day period of prayer and fasting signifying the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert before his public ministry.
It also kicks off Lent, a time where large portions of the Christian population give up something as a form of penitence from now until Easter Sunday.
But mostly, for these Christians, it’s a meditation.
A meditation on loss.
A meditation on love.
A meditation on faith.
For these Christians, it’s a form of Grief Awareness.
We take this time to think about the loss of Jesus and what that means to us and to the world, and we take this time to learn from his death.
What we choose to “give up” until Easter is supposed to be a daily reminder of our faith.