The day that begins the Lenten season is called Ash Wednesday. Here's why it holds deep religious significance for Christians.
Churches started to use ashes early as the ninth century as a symbol of repentance. In 1091, Pope Urban II ritualized their use to mark the beginning of Lent. Today, churches provide 'ashes to go.'
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