Today 27th of March is Ashes Wednesday. This date is a very special date for the Catholics, as it represents the firs
t day of the 40 days of Lent, symbolizing the 40 days of fasting Jesus Christ observed in the desert. The end of the Lent is celebrated on Easter day, which commemorates the resurrection of Jesus.
Traditionally on this day, in the manner of Holy Friday, abstinence and fast are to be observed and no meat will be eaten. The tradition is observed more strictly in the states that are more religious: the center states like Guanajuato or Michoacan, and in the north, like Aguascalientes. In Mexico the faithful who go to mass receive the symbol of the cross made of ashes on their forehead: the “tizne”. The ashes come from the previous Palm Sunday and are blessed before being drawn on the heads or foreheads as a penitential sign, a sign of the expiration of the human condition and of conversion, which is supposed to be observed religiously throughout the Lent.
So if you are in Mexico on Ashes Wednesady, pay attention to the marks on the foreheads and remember that it is “día de la tiznada” day!