THOSE AREN'T DIRTY FOREHEADS
YOU SEE TODAY . . .
IT'S JUST "ASH WEDNESDAY"
Most of us know Ash Wednesday follows Mardi Gras,
and it marks a time of repentance.
You may not know it's a western Christian tradition
practiced in church once a year, marking the beginning of Lent:
40 days of fasting and sacrifice with ends on Easter Sunday.
Ashes are rubbed on the foreheads of the faithful
as a personal expression of sorrow for sins & faults.
(Ashes were used throughout Biblical history
as a way to express mourning.)
Ashes are customarily the burned palm crosses
from the previous year's Palm Sunday celebration.
This is one of the rare holidays through the calendar year
which has no retail tie-in or Hallmark Card for sale.
(Refreshing, don't you think?)