Answer: Lent starts every year on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday. Ash Wednesday 2014 falls on March 5, 2014, and Holy Saturday 2014 falls on April 19, 2014. (For the dates of all Holy Days of Obligation and moveable feasts during Lent, see the Catholic Calendar for Lent 2014.)
While Lent is a 40-day period of fasting and prayer, there are 46 days from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday (inclusive). For an explanation of the discrepancy, see How Are the 40 Days of Lent Calculated?
There is a slight difference between Lent as a season of fasting, which ends on Holy Saturday, and Lent as a liturgical season, which ends before the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, when the Easter Triduum begins. For more details, see When Does Lent End?
For the dates of Lent in other years, see When Is Lent?
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