I find it interesting that Fat Tuesday is tied to Ash Wednesday. I thought that Mardi Gras was just a big party for a month. It appears that the carnival season is just leading up to Lent which then leads on to Easter. Does that mean that you can eat, drink and do what ever you want before you have to give it up for Lent? Probably not supposed to look at it like that but just saying . . . . .
* Ash Wednesday is a Christian observance that marks the first day of Lent, which is prior to Easter. Some Christians in the United States attend special Ash Wednesday church services. This includes students who attend Catholic and other church schools. Priests usually place blessed ashes in form of the cross on individuals’ foreheads to remind them of mortality, sorrow for sins, change, and forgiveness.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lenten discipline for observant Christians. It is traditionally a time of fasting and prayer in preparation for receiving or reaffirming baptism at Easter. For some Christians, Lent is a time to think about one’s life choices and mortality, as well as reflect on life directions. It serves as a wakeup call for some Christians. There are also those who choose this time of the year to donate to charities or take part in charity events as a way to get close to God.