On Wednesday, many of you may either participate in Ash Wednesday or you may encounter someone with ashes on their forehead.

Ash Wednesday is mostly observed by Catholics but many Christians acknowledge the day too.

On Ash Wednesday, many Catholics will go to mass and get ashes place on their forehead. This is done to symbolize catholic’s repentance. The ashes are made from blessed palm branches, from the previous year’s palm Sunday mass.

According to Catholic.org, all are invited to receive ashes, meaning you don’t have to be catholic to get ashes. Acorss the CSRA, there are many Ash Wednesday services taking place today. Ash Wednesday also marks the beginning of the lent season which is a season of fasting and prayer. During this time, many people decide to give up something, as well.