Lent around the world in 2020

Lent around the world in 2020
  How long until Lent?
This holiday next takes place in 128 days.
  Dates of Lent around the world
2022 InternationalMar 2
International Wed, Mar 2Not A Public Holiday
2021 InternationalFeb 17
International Wed, Feb 17Not A Public Holiday
2020 InternationalFeb 26
International Wed, Feb 26Not A Public Holiday
2019 InternationalMar 6
International Wed, Mar 6Not A Public Holiday
2018 InternationalFeb 14
International Wed, Feb 14Not A Public Holiday
Lent marks the start of the Easter cycle in the Christian Church

When is Lent?

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Maundy Thursday.

During the 40 days before Easter, Roman Catholics are supposed to abstain from all bodily pleasures, including the consumption of meat.

This is intended to remember the fasting of Jesus, who spent 40 days in the desert before beginning his ministry.

Traditions of Lent

The word "lent" is derived from the Anglo-Saxon 'lencten' which literally means "spring". 'Lencten' has a root in the Germanic word for long, which assigned itself to Spring as the days become longer.

In several countries, Lent marks the start of spring.

The wild daffodil (pictured above ) is known as the Lent Lily as it flowers early enough in the year to coincide with the period of Lent.

The Easter period influences a range of festivals and events. The following is an overview of the events. Click the name of the event to read more about an individual event.

Key Dates in Lent

Event 2019 Remarks
Carnival 4 March A celebration of the coming of Easter (and Spring) before the period of Lent begins. The name is said to derive from the Latin 'Carne Vale' meaning without flesh referring to no consumption of meat during Lent.
Fasching 4 March Monday before Ash Wednesday.
Shrove Tuesday 5 March Pancake Tuesday/Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday).The Tuesday before lent is the last chance to feast for 40 days.
Start of Lent
Ash Wednesday 6 March Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent. The custom was that churchgoers would be marked on the forehead with a cross of ash to symbolise death and regret for past sins.
Mothering Sunday 31 March On the fourth Sunday in Lent in England, families attended the church they were baptised in (their Mother church).
Maundy Thursday 18 April Commemorates Jesus' last supper with his disciples. Lent ends at sundown on Maundy Thursday.
End of Lent
Good Friday 19 April Good Friday occurs on the Friday before Easter. The day commemorates the Crucifixion of Jesus.
Holy Saturday 20 April  
Easter Sunday 21 April Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead after his death by crucifixion
Ascension Day 30 May Commemorates the ascension of Jesus into heaven forty days after the resurrection.
Whit Monday 10 Jun Commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit in the form of flames to the Apostles.

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