Today is the first day of Lent which is called ASH WEDNESDAY. Christians, primarily Catholics go to Church and have our forehead marked cross with ashes. This reminds us that we are from dust and so we end up being one. Humility as we say. This is not a ritual neither a made-up activity for the believers. This is based on the old testament that reminds Christians of the values instilled by faith.
So what do we do in the season of Lent? We do FASTING as abstaining from eating meat on Fridays though some have other sacrifices being pledged for the season. And not just that, this is the time to focus on PRAYING and ALMSGIVING. We believe in sacrifices, selfless actions and so helping the needy. These are the basic values we learn as well as praying for our heart's desires. Though of course we do pray and share our blessings every time, we made this season of Lent recognizing the three practices. More info on the video below.
Here are also some worthwhile articles on Ash Wednesday. Please feel free to read. :)
The Art of Giving, Share Ash Wednesday with Friends, Fasting and much more.