The second is the length of Lent. While Lent is 40 days, Sundays are not included in the count. (See How Are the 40 Days of Lent Calculated? for more information.) There are six Sundays that fall within the 40 days of Lent, so Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, falls 46 days before Easter every year.
See When Is Ash Wednesday? to determine the date of Ash Wednesday in this and future years.
FAQs on What Determines the Date of Ash Wednesday:
- How Is the Date of Ash Wednesday Calculated?
- When Does Lent Start?
- How Are the 40 Days of Lent Calculated?
- How Is the Date of Easter Calculated?
- When Is Easter?
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