March 1, 2017, is the beginning of the Lenten for Christians. Lent is the 40 days of reflection before Easter and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But what does the Bible say? On Ash Wednesday, Catholics and other Christians have ashes placed on the forehead. 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 (PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)