Lent 2020: How long does Lent last? What is Ash Wednesday?

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Lent 2020: How long does Lent last? What is Ash Wednesday? 1

The fasting period starts the day after Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day.

The tradition of marking the start of Lent has been documented for centuries.

Ælfric of Eynsham’s “Ecclesiastical Institutes” from around 1000 AD states: “In the week immediately before Lent everyone shall go to his confessor and confess his deeds and the confessor shall so shrive him as he then may hear by his deeds what he is to do [in the way of penance].”

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The day is observed mainly in English-speaking countries, especially in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.

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