- The definition of Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, when some Christians wear ashes on their forehead as a symbol of penitence.
An example of Ash Wednesday is the seventh Wednesday before Easter.
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Ash Wednesday - Cultural Definition
The seventh Wednesday before Easter; the first day of Lent for most Christians (see also Christian); the day after “Fat Tuesday,” or Mardi Gras. It is frequently observed as a day of fasting and repentance for sin. In some churches, ashes are placed on the foreheads of worshipers on Ash Wednesday as a reminder of their mortality. The words of God to Adam in the Bible (see also Bible) are often used in the ceremony: “Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”