Comment: The Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, is my favorite.

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The Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, is my favorite.

This year it falls on February 13th. Our foreheads are marked with black ashes, while "Remember that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return." (Genesis 3:19) is recited. Non-catholics are invited to receive the ash marks as well: you can drop in at any service around the globe and stand in line for the ashes.

It's refreshing to be reminded of our humble simple births - all naked - and the ultimate return to the elements of earth. It's somehow very liberating to remember that everything in between is a GIFT :-)

And, yes, Granger, I will join you: I'll be giving up alcohol & sweets (except for March 17/ St P day ;-)