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Ash Wednesday Date, Definition, Significance, Traditions, Symbols

The first day of Lent in Western Christianity is called the Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday 2017 is the day of fasting. It last for 46 days (40 fasting days, if the six Sundays, which are not days of fast, are excluded) before Easter. The Ash Wednesday falls between the Feburary 4th and March 10th. Ash Wednesday is celebrated by many Western Christians, including Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, and Roman Catholics.

The Cononical gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke says that, Jesus Christ had spent 40 days in desert, where Jesus Christ had obtained temptation by Sata. Lent use to follow this, and fast for 40 days as a preparation for Easter.

Ash Wednesday Significance, Traditions


Every Sunday in this Ash Wednesday time period is seen as the commemoration of the Sunday of Christ resurrection and so as on this feast day fasting is not done and so in Ash Wednesday fasting is inappropriate on Sundays. The Christians use to fast from Monday to Saturday six days in a week for continuous six week and from wednesday to Saturday in the preceding week, hence making the sum of 40 days. The old minded people or othodox does it for 40 days in a row.

The name Ash Wednesday is derived from the practice of blessing ashes which is made from branches of palm blessed on the previous year's Palm Sunday, and then placing them on the heads of the participants of the Ash Wednesday accompaning them with words "Repent, and believe in the Gospel" or "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return"

Ash Wednesday and Lent with Ash Wednesday Symbols


An allusion to the seperation of Jesus in the desert to fast and pray is Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is a 40-day period, during those time Jesus Christ was tempted according to Matthew, Mark and Luke. These 40 days time period is resembling to the 40 days during which the Moses repented and fasted in response to the making of the Golden Calf.
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Ash Wednesday Date - Ash Wednesday 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 to 2100 dates

Ash Wednesday always occurs exactly 47 days before the Easter Sunday. Ash Wednesday is a moveable feast based on the cycles of the moon. The earliest date that can occur in Ash Wednesday is 4th Februray and the latest date of Ash Wednesday is 10th March. Ash Wednesday has never occured on Leap year Day.


Ash Wednesday will occur on these dates:

  • 2017 – 1 March
  • 2018 – 14 February
  • 2019 – 6 March
  • 2020 – 26 February
  • 2021 – 17 February
  • 2022 – 2 March
  • 2023 – 22 February
  • 2024 – 14 February
  • 2025 – 5 March
  • 2026 – 18 February
  • 2027 – 10 February
  • 2028 – 1 March
  • 2029 – 14 February
  • 2030 – 6 March
  • 2031 – 26 February
  • 2032 – 11 February
  • 2033 – 2 March
  • 2034 – 22 February
  • 2035 – 7 February
  • 2036 – 27 February
  • 2037 – 18 February
  • 2038 – 10 March
  • 2039 – 23 February
  • 2040 – 15 February
  • 2041 – 6 March
  • 2042 – 19 February
  • 2043 – 11 February
  • 2044 – 2 March
  • 2045 – 22 February
  • 2046 – 7 February
  • 2047 – 27 February
  • 2048 – 19 February
  • 2049 – 3 March
  • 2050 – 23 February
  • 2051 – 15 February
  • 2052 – 6 March
  • 2053 – 19 February
  • 2054 – 11 February
  • 2055 – 3 March
  • 2056 – 16 February
  • 2057 – 7 March
  • 2058 – 27 February
  • 2059 – 12 February
  • 2060 – 3 March
  • 2061 – 23 February
  • 2062 – 8 February
  • 2063 – 28 February
  • 2064 – 20 February
  • 2065 – 11 February
  • 2066 – 24 February
  • 2067 – 16 February
  • 2068 – 7 March
  • 2069 – 27 February
  • 2070 – 12 February
  • 2071 – 4 March
  • 2072 – 24 February
  • 2073 – 8 February
  • 2074 – 28 February
  • 2075 – 20 February
  • 2076 – 4 March
  • 2077 – 24 February
  • 2078 – 16 February
  • 2079 – 8 March
  • 2080 – 21 February
  • 2081 – 12 February
  • 2082 – 4 March
  • 2083 – 17 February
  • 2084 – 9 February
  • 2085 – 28 February
  • 2086 – 13 February
  • 2087 – 5 March
  • 2088 – 25 February
  • 2089 – 16 February
  • 2090 – 1 March
  • 2091 – 21 February
  • 2092 – 13 February
  • 2093 – 25 February
  • 2094 – 17 February
  • 2095 – 9 March
  • 2096 – 29 February
  • 2097 – 13 February
  • 2098 – 5 March
  • 2099 – 25 February
  • 2100 – 10 February

Christian Churches for Ash Wednesday Traditions, Symbols, Service and Celebration


The christian churches that follow the Ash Wednesday are:
  • African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
  • Anglican Communion
  • Church of England
  • Church of North India
  • Church of South India
  • Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA
  • Anglican Continuum
  • Traditional Anglican Communion
  • Anglican Catholic Church
  • Individual Baptist churches
  • Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Some congregations of the Church of the Nazarene
  • Church of God (Anderson)
  • Community of Christ
  • Ecclesia Gnostica
  • Some congregations of the Evangelical Covenant Church
  • Some Free Churches (e.g., Free Methodist Church)
  • Independent Catholic denominations
  • Liberal Catholic Church
  • Old Catholic Church
  • Lutheran Churches
  • Some congregations of the Mennonite Brethren Church
  • Some congregations of Mennonite Church Canada
  • Some congregations of Mennonite Church USA
  • Methodist Church in Great Britain
  • Methodist Church in India
  • Metropolitan Community Churches
  • Mexican National Catholic Churches
  • Moravian Church
  • Reformed churches (Presbyterian, United Church of Christ, etc.)
  • Roman Catholic Church
  • United Church of Christ Congregations
  • United Church of Zambia
  • United Methodist Church
  • Wesleyan Church

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