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When Is Ash Wednesday?

Find the date of Ash Wednesday, and links to Ash Wednesday resources


Ash Wednesday 2008 at Saint Louis Cathedral, New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

A woman prays after receiving ashes on her forehead in observance of Ash Wednesday at Saint Louis Cathedral, February 6, 2008, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Question: When Is Ash Wednesday?

The date of Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, changes every year. When is Ash Wednesday?

Answer: Ash Wednesday always falls 46 days before Easter. (See What Determines the Date of Ash Wednesday? for more information.) Because it is dependent on the date of Easter (see When Is Easter?), and Easter is a moveable feast, the date of Ash Wednesday changes every year, too.

The following articles give the date of Ash Wednesday in each of the next several years:

 When Is Ash Wednesday 2014?
 When Is Ash Wednesday 2015?
 When Is Ash Wednesday 2016?
 When Is Ash Wednesday 2017?
 When Is Ash Wednesday 2018?
 When Is Ash Wednesday 2019?

Related FAQs on Ash Wednesday:

More FAQs on Ash Wednesday
 Is Ash Wednesday a Holy Day of Obligation?
 Can Catholics Eat Meat on Ash Wednesday?
 Should Catholics Keep Their Ashes on All Day on Ash Wednesday?

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