Lent for the year 2018 starts on Wednesday, February 14th and ends on Thursday, March 29 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.
Days to Lent
Wednesday, February 14th is day number 45 of the 2018 calendar year with -1 year, -4 months, -12 days until the start of Lent 2018.
More information on Lent. (Traditions, Customs and History)
|When:||Begins Ash Wednesday lasting about six weeks and ends just before Easter|
February 2018 Holidays
|Date||Holiday||Details||Days to Go|
|Feb 1 - Thurs||National Freedom Day 2018||Observance||-510|
|Feb 2 - Fri||National Wear Red Day 2018||Observance||-509|
|Feb 2 - Fri||Groundhog Day 2018||Observance||-509|
|Feb 12 - Mon||Lincoln's Birthday 2018||Observance||-499|
|Feb 13 - Tues||Mardi Gras 2018||Christian||-498|
|Feb 14 - Wed||Maha Shivaratri 2018||Hindu||-497|
|Feb 14 - Wed||Lent 2018||Christian||-497|
|Feb 14 - Wed||Ash Wednesday 2018||Christian||-497|
|Feb 14 - Wed||Valentine's Day 2018||Observance||-497|
|Feb 16 - Fri||Chinese New Year 2018||Observance||-495|
|Feb 19 - Mon||Presidents' Day - Washington's Birthday 2018||Federal Holiday||-492|