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Ash Wednesday marks beginning of Lenten season

Published On: Feb 13 2013 07:09:03 AM EST

Ash Wednesday marks start of Lent

Wednesday is the start of a season of reflection, fasting and prayer for many Christians.

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, which leads up to Easter Sunday.

Some Christians will start the 40-day period by getting ashes on their foreheads in the sign of a cross.

The ashes are considered a sign of repentance.