March 1, 2016, is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season, but what does the Bible say about it? What are some inspirational verses and passages about this holy time? Ash Wednesday follows Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, which is the end of Carnival.
Ash Wednesday is always 46 days before Easter. It includes 40 fasting days, if the six Sundays, which are not days of fast, are excluded. The date of Easter is always the first Sunday after the full moon following a spring equinox. This year, Easter is on Sunday, April 16.
Learn more about the origins and history of Ash Wednesday and Lent here. (ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)