It is Ash Wednesday, which begins the 40-day Lenten season. However, 2018 brings with it an interesting twist.
Now that Carnival has ended, the holy and sacred period leading up to Easter is underway for Christians all around the world. The crosses of ash believers will receive throughout the day symbolize penance.
The next 40 days of fasting and prayer symbolize the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert before starting his ministry.
When Ash Wednesday mass concludes, those in relationships will be thinking about Valentine's Day.
The holiday of love is named for St. Valentine and although the holiday does have a connection to the Catholic Church, it dates back to a pagan tradition established by the Romans.
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