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Today is Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, in the Western Christian calendar, is the first day of Lent and occurs 46 days (40 days not counting Sundays) before Easter. Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a sign of repentance. The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The ashes are christened with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense. This paste is marked in our foreheads to humble our hearts and reminds us that life passes away on Earth. We remember this when we are told

“Remember, Man is dust, and unto dust you shall return.”


 

The religious regard this day as the start of the season of repentance, reflection, fasting and abstinence. People refrain from eating meat on this day and every Friday until Easter Sunday.

Did you go to church today? Did you fast and abstain from meat?

 
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Posted by on 03/09/2011 in Blogs

 

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Mardi Gras, The Real Meaning

When people talk about Mardi Gras, they think of Carnival Celebration with all the glittery costumes, exhuberant dancing and perhaps beads. But the real meaning, in religious point of view, is taken for granted.

Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday” (in ethnic English tradition, Shrove Tuesday), referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which started on Ash Wednesday. Related popular practices were associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent.

While the occasion should be religious in nature, others regard this as a political event to end discrimination, brutal violence and harassment. Mardi Gras is now celebrated in other countries as recognition and protection of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities.

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Posted by on 03/08/2011 in Blogs

 

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