Today is Ash Wednesday
POSTED: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 9:14am
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 9:15am
Today (Wednesday) marks the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday. A season of prayer and penance in the Catholic church. Lent is the period leading up to Easter.
It lasts 40 days, excluding Sundays. Many people give up something during Lent, such as some sweet desserts, television or other activities. Taking up acts of charity is also customary.