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Ash Wednesday


Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday
© (Jennifer Balaska (2009) / Wikimedia Commons)

1 March

Ash Wednesday makes the start of the fasting period known as Lent in the Christian Church yearly calendar.

The day of Ash Wednesday is a day of repentance. Palm crosses from the previous year's Palm Sunday are burnt to produce ashes used to mark church goers foreheads as a sign of penitence.

All eggs, dairy, and meat in the house had to be used by before today.

Fish was on the approved list of foods for the Lent fasting period, so a traditional British dish for Ash Wednesday was fish pie.


See also:

All March food days


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Also called:

Mercredi des Cendres (French); Aschermittwoch (German)

Citation

Oulton, Randal. "Ash Wednesday." CooksInfo.com. Published 12 March 2004; revised 24 May 2009. Web. Accessed 12/14/2017. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/ash-wednesday>.

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