What is Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and Lent?

So I've noticed everyone talking about today being Fat Tuesday, also known as Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras.
It's also been announced that tomorrow will take place another special day, Ash Wednesday.

And I've read that we're approaching Lent. I have no idea what these days mean and I would like to know what it's Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and Lent all about.
Can anyone explain to me the significance of these days?

asked by Helen in Holidays | 2824 views | 03-08-2011 at 05:10 PM

Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and Lent are day leading up to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Mardi Gras literally means "Fat Tuesday" in French. It is the last day of feasting and ends the day before Lent begins.
Ash Wednesday marks the first day, or the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter.

The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer, through prayer and self-denial, for the annual commemoration of Easter.

answered by Dane | 03-08-2011 at 05:11 PM

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