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Do You Observe Lent?

Ash Wednesday
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Today is Wednesday, March 5, 2014, Ash Wednesday or the first day of Lent if you are a good Catholic and observe the tradition.  As the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday comes the day after Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras (also known as Fat Tuesday).

Here are some interesting dates related to Ash Wednesday courtesy of  Wikipedia.

The earliest date Ash Wednesday can occur is February 4, which happened in 1573, 1668, 1761 and 1818 and will next occur in 2285.

The latest date is March 10, which occurred in 1546, 1641, 1736, 1886 and 1943 and will next occur in 2038.

Ash Wednesday has never occurred on Leap Year Day (February 29), and it will not occur as such until 2096.

The only other years of the third millennium, not that any of will be alive then, that will have Ash Wednesday on February 29 are 2468, 2688, 2840 and 2992. (Ash Wednesday falls on February 29 only if Easter is on April 15 in a leap year.)

During Lent many people will give something up.  Traditionally it is meat, but many will give up soda, drinking, sex, wheat and who knows what else.

Now, being baptized Catholic, I should be observing Lent, but since I am not a good Catholic (I had a very bad experience with the Church around the time I got married, but that is a story for another day) I do not observe Lent.

Also I really never understood the ash cross on the forehead.  I have read about the tradition, I get that, I just don’t do it.

Does that make me a bad person or just a bad Catholic?

Do you observe Lent?

What are giving up for Lent?

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