Meaning of Ash Wednesday: Celebrities Observing Ash Wednesday


lentAsh Wednesday is wrapping up but many wonder about the meaning of Ash Wednesday. Many Catholics and Christians are celebrating Ash Wednesday today and are fasting because it is a Holy Day.

Celebrities who are Catholic include: Nicole Kidman, Mel Gibson, Dennis Leary, Ben Affleck, Aidan Quinn, Gerard Butler, Al Roker, Alex Rodriguez, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Cheryl Burke, Sylvester Stallone and Christina Aguilera.

Catholics around the world are observing Ash Wednesday today, March 9, 2011.  Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. Ash Wednesday is celebrated by Catholics, Roman Catholics, and some other Christian denominations.

Some of Ash Wednesday fasting rules include:

  • Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are obligated to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
  • According to the Catholic Laws, Catholics aged 14 and older must refrain from meat on Fridays altogether during this 40-day period, as well as Ash Wednesday.

Part of the celebration of Lent includes a giving something up.  I wonder what these celebrities will give up during Lent 2011?