Pope Francis (R) blesses a nun during the Ash Wednesday mass which opens Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for Christians before Holy Week and Easter, on March 6, 2019 at the Santa Sabina church in Rome. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)
Pope Francis blesses a nun during the Ash Wednesday mass in 2019 (Picture: Getty Images)

Today marks an important date in the Christian calendar as faith members observe Ash Wednesday.

The religious holiday follows Shrove Tuesday – aka Pancake Day – and signals the coming of the Lent.

After this period, Christians around the world will celebrate Easter commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

But what exactly Ash Wednesday and where did its name derive from?

What is Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, and falls six and a half weeks before Easter.

TOPSHOT - A Catholic faithful with her forehead marked with ash prays during the celebration of Ash Wednesday in Cali, Colombia, on February 14, 2018.
Ash Wednesday marks the Christian period of Lent, prior to the Holy Week. / AFP PHOTO / Luis ROBAYO        (Photo credit should read LUIS ROBAYO/AFP via Getty Images)
A Catholic faithful with her forehead marked with ash prays during the celebration of Ash Wednesday in Cali, Colombia (Picture: Getty Images)

The Lenten period is one of reflection and repentance of sin, with those who observe it expected to seek reconciliation with God.

Many choose to give up an indulgence, or fast, during Lent as a representation of the Temptation of Christ as he fasted for 40 days and nights in the Judaean Desert.

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