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Ash Wednesday Fasting Rules

February 22, 2012 by staff 

Ash Wednesday Fasting Rules, Anyone unfamiliar with certain religious practices may notice something special about the day after Mardi Gras.

On Ash Wednesday every year, those who celebrate the season of Lent will visit their churches early in the morning. There, a priest uses ashes to mark a sign of the cross on their foreheads, leaving a black mark that remains for the rest of the day.

The custom made headlines last year when U. S. Vice President Joe Biden appeared on television with a smudge on his forehead. This time, the gaffe-prone politician wasn’t the one with his foot in his mouth.

“What’s happened to his head?” said anchorwoman Kay Burley during a live broadcast of Sky News in the UK, “It looks like he’s walked into a door!”

Some viewers were offended, and Burley had to make a public apology. Don’t let the same thing happen to you–here are five important facts about Ash Wednesday and the traditions behind it.

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