Ash Wednesday is the very first day of Lent, an important event in the Christian calendar. Also called the Day of the Ashes, Ash Wednesday is a time for Christians to focus on repentance and prayer and get ready for the 40 days of Lent.
Ash Wednesday always happens the day after Shrove Tuesday.
A popular tradition on Ash Wednesday is for members of the congregation to have a cross drawn on their foreheads out of ash.
Ash Wednesday, as the first day of Lent, is the day that Christians begin to give up their chosen item for Lent. Traditionally, Christians should also not consume meat on this day. Traditionally, it's a day of fasting and abstinence.