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Ash Wednesday in Mexico

Quick Facts

Catholics in Mexico observe Ash Wednesday, which is the start of the Lenten fast that lasts for 40 days (excluding Sundays).

Local names

NameLanguage
Ash WednesdayEnglish
Miércoles de CenizaSpanish
AschermittwochGerman

Ash Wednesday 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ash Wednesday 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
List of dates for other years

Ash Wednesday (Miércoles de Ceniza) marks the end of the Carnival season and the start of Lent in Catholic churches across Mexico.

Bowl of ashes

Pot of ashes that priests use to mark foreheads with the sign of the cross.

Illustration based on artwork from©iStockphoto.com/Ben Beltman

Celebrate Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, which ends before Easter Sunday. Priests mark churchgoers’ foreheads with ashes in form of a cross to symbolize the forgiveness of sins and to reaffirm one’s faith in God. Prior to the day, streets in cities and towns are bustling with parades, floats, costumes and music to celebrate Carnival. This festival marks the last days to enjoy the things that are abstained or given up on Ash Wednesday.

Public life

Ash Wednesday is a religious observance and not a national public holiday in Mexico. During the days leading up to this day, access to streets in some cities and towns may be difficult for vehicles due to Carnival related festivities.

About Ash Wednesday

Catholic churches across Mexico and worldwide mark Ash Wednesday as the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent symbolizes the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert. It is observed as a time of penance, prayer, and fasting or abstinence.

Did you know?

Ash Wednesday has never occurred on a Leap Day (February 29) – the first time this happens will be in 2096!

About Ash Wednesday in other countries

Read more about Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
WedFeb 281990Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedFeb 131991Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedMar 41992Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedFeb 241993Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedFeb 161994Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedMar 11995Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedFeb 211996Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedFeb 121997Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedFeb 251998Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedFeb 171999Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedMar 82000Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedFeb 282001Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedFeb 132002Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedMar 52003Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedFeb 252004Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedFeb 92005Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedMar 12006Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedFeb 212007Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedFeb 62008Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedFeb 252009Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedFeb 172010Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedMar 92011Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedFeb 222012Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedFeb 132013Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedMar 52014Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedFeb 182015Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedFeb 102016Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedMar 12017Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedFeb 142018Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedMar 62019Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian
WedFeb 262020Ash WednesdayObservance, Christian

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