Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the penitential season of Lent. The video below gives a quick overview of Ash Wednesday and Lent. While most Christians recognize Lent and observe it in similar ways, different Christian denominations have some variations in the significance they attach to the season and the ways of observing it. If you aren’t from a religious tradition that observes Lent, you will get an idea from the video of why liturgical Christians go around with ashes on their foreheads.
For more information about Lent, check out the following: