LENT

[PHOTOS] Catholics celebrate Ash Wednesday as Lent begins

In this year's calendar, Lent season begins today, February 17 and ends Saturday, April 3.

In Summary

•The day is marked by Catholics,  Anglicans, Methodists, and Presbyterians to mark the beginning of the 40 days of Lent.

• Globally, the day is characterized by Church services and symbolic placing of ashes on the heads of believers.

A Faithful offer her prayers at a service lead by Cardinal John Njue of the Holy Family Basilica Church in Nairobi during the Ash Wednesday prayers on February 17, 2021.
A Faithful offer her prayers at a service lead by Cardinal John Njue of the Holy Family Basilica Church in Nairobi during the Ash Wednesday prayers on February 17, 2021.
Image: FREDRICK OMONDI

Christian faithful's around the world gathered to celebrate Ash Wednesday to mark the first day of Lent.

Globally, the day is characterized by Church services and symbolic placing of ashes on the heads of believers.

The day is marked by Catholics,  Anglicans, Methodists, and Presbyterians to mark the beginning of the 40 days of Lent.

Cardinal John Njue of the Holy Family Basilica Church blesses his congregants after the Mass in Nairobi during the Ash Wednesday prayers on February 17, 2021.
Cardinal John Njue of the Holy Family Basilica Church blesses his congregants after the Mass in Nairobi during the Ash Wednesday prayers on February 17, 2021.
Image: FREDRICK OMONDI
Cardinal John Njue of the Catholic Church administer Ash on the forehead of a faithful on February 17, 2021, during the start of Lent,
Cardinal John Njue of the Catholic Church administer Ash on the forehead of a faithful on February 17, 2021, during the start of Lent,
Image: FREDRICK OMONDI

In this year's calendar, Lent season will begin today, February 17 and ends Saturday, April 3.

Easter Sunday will be on April 4.

Christians consider Ash Wednesday a holy day of prayer and fasting.

A Faithful offer her prayers at a service lead by Cardinal John Njue of the Holy Family Basilica Church in Nairobi during the Ash Wednesday prayers on February 17, 2021.
A Faithful offer her prayers at a service lead by Cardinal John Njue of the Holy Family Basilica Church in Nairobi during the Ash Wednesday prayers on February 17, 2021.
Image: FREDRICK OMONDI
Cardinal John Njue of the Catholic Church administer Ash on the forehead of a faithful on February 17, 2021, during the start of Lent.
Cardinal John Njue of the Catholic Church administer Ash on the forehead of a faithful on February 17, 2021, during the start of Lent.
Image: FREDRICK OMONDI