Ash Wednesday is the mark of the beginning of Season of Lent. It is characterized by placing Ash on the fore head.
According to the Holy Bible, our Lord Jesus Christ fasted for 40 days in the wilderness where he was tempted by the Satan.
Ash Wednesday is one of the most important holy days in the liturgical calendar. The ashes are obtained from burned palm branches of the previous Palm
Sunday. Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days (including the Sundays) before Easter Sunday.
The Christians are expected to fast for the 40 days.
Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. According to the Latin Catholic Church, Ash Wednesday is observed by fasting, abstinence from meat, and repentance (a time of reflection on one's transgressions). Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality.