Ash Wednesday is a Holy Christian day that takes place on the 1st of March. It is holy to Christians because it begins the period of Lent, the 40 days that Jesus wandered in the desert and resisted temptation from the devil. Most Christians celebrate the day by covering their forehead with ash in the shape of the cross. Some of the more fundamentalist Christian sub types also chant “Repent, and believe in the Gospel, or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return” while spreading ash in mass.
The ash on the forehead is a common symbol of Ash Wednesday and lent
During the liturgy, ashes are spread in the shape of the cross on the foreheads of all participating, even those who have not had their communion or been baptized.
Lent originated when Jesus first was guided into the Judean desert by the Holy Spirit. He traveled alone, not eating anything, and was tempted by Satan as he walked the desert. Jesus was tempted three times, and resisted each time. For 40 days he walked and prayed.
Lent itself beings on Ash Wednesday. The 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert is revered by Christians, and some Christian sub-types fast during this period, only eating food on specific days. A much more common tradition is to give up a habit, food or activity to show resistance of temptation.
Caritas is an international catholic organisation that runs a charity which helps the poor. Caritas has been an organisation since 1897, although starting small, has since spread to many other countries. Carita's current motto is 'ending poverty, promoting justice and restoring dignity'.
Project compassion comes to TMC every year. The school donates money to the charity through fundraisers and events on a average basis.
After Lent, Easter begins, a massively important time for Christians worldwide. It celebrates the resurrection and ascension of Jesus. The eggs of Easter are symbol of rebirth, which is why they are eaten and gifted during this time.