From England to Mexico, people celebrate the first day of Lent, see photos

First published March 2, 2022, 10:23 a.m. IST

Lent, the annual season of Christian fasting, begins on Ash Wednesday. People all over the world celebrate the traditional holiday that precedes Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting followed by many Christians around the world. Ash Wednesday comes 46 days before Easter Sunday, April 17. Today, as part of the practice, people apply ash to their foreheads. When a priest sprinkles ashes on a person’s forehead, he says: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you will return.”

Hundreds of mask-wearers (here in the foreground Schnörkele) of the Guild of Fools of Aulendorf dance around a fire in the early evening under the castle. The conjuring mystical mask at Hexeneck is part of the insane tradition. That evening, the witches wake up from their sleep. Until Ash Wednesday, the contemplative Upper Swabian town of Aulendorf is now jester-free.

Pope Francis recites the Sunday midday Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican.

The Reverend Canon Michael Smith, Acting Dean of York poses with the Easter and Lenten Cross during a photocall as part of the Cathedral’s preparations to mark the season of Lent at York Minster in York, England.

Children dressed as devils dance in the streets as part of the ‘Carnaval de los Diablos’ celebrations in San Martin Tilcajete, Mexico

The traditional festival precedes Ash Wednesday, during this carnival, people let go of “evil” to welcome Lent.

Devils dance through the streets as part of the ‘Carnaval de los Diablos’ celebrations in San Martin Tilcajete, Mexico.

People dressed as devils pose during ‘Carnaval de los Diablos’ celebrations on March 1, 2022 in San Martin Tilcajete, Mexico.

A person dressed as a devil poses during ‘Carnaval de los Diablos’ celebrations on March 1, 2022 in San Martin Tilcajete, Mexico.

People use spray paint during ‘Carnaval de los Diablos’ celebrations on March 1, 2022 in San Martin Tilcajete, Mexico.

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