Lent for the year 2015 starts on Wednesday, February 18th and ends on Thursday, April 2 with eveining mass on Holy Thursday.
Lent is a Christian annual period that starts on Ash Wednesday lasting for 40 days (not Including Sundays) representing the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness. This 40 day period for Christians is a time to reflect, fast, and give penance in preparation for the resurrection of Christ Easter Sunday.
Is Lent 40 days
Lent for Christians starts on Ash Wednesday and ends on either the evening of Maundy Thursday or on sundown of Holy Saturday (day before Easter Sunday). However the practices of Lent do not end until sundown on Holy Saturday for all Christian denominations. So it is 44 days from Ash Wednesday to Maundy Thursday and another two days with Good Friday and Holy Saturday added to give a total of 46 days for Lent. But Sundays are excluded from fasting during Lent and with 6 Sundays removed from the count we get lent being a 40 day liturgical period.
Wednesday, February 18th is day number 49 of the 2015 calendar year with -4 years, -4 months, -6 days until the start of Lent 2015.
More information on Lent. (Traditions, Customs and History)
|When:||Begins Ash Wednesday lasting about six weeks and ends just before Easter|
February 2015 Holidays
|Date||Holiday||Details||Days to Go|
|Feb 1 - Sun||National Freedom Day 2015||Observance||-1605|
|Feb 2 - Mon||Groundhog Day 2015||Observance||-1604|
|Feb 4||Tu B'Shevat 2015||Jewish||-1299|
|Feb 6 - Fri||National Wear Red Day 2015||Observance||-1600|
|Feb 12 - Thurs||Lincoln's Birthday 2015||Observance||-1594|
|Feb 14 - Sat||Valentine's Day 2015||Observance||-1592|
|Feb 16 - Mon||Presidents' Day - Washington's Birthday 2015||Federal Holiday||-1590|
|Feb 17||Maha Shivaratri 2015||Hindu||-1286|
|Feb 17 - Tues||Mardi Gras 2015||Christian||-1589|
|Feb 18||Lent 2015||Christian||-1285|
|Feb 18 - Wed||Ash Wednesday 2015||Christian||-1588|
|Feb 19 - Thurs||Chinese New Year 2015||Observance||-1587|