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Ash Wednesday in Iceland

The first day of Lent is known as Ash Wednesday for Christians worldwide. It is the beginning of the Lenten fast. The Lenten fast lasts for 40 days (excluding Sundays) and ends on Holy Saturday, which is the day before Easter Sunday.

Is Ash Wednesday a Public Holiday?

Ash Wednesday is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

Ash is an important symbol of Ash Wednesday in many Christian churches.

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About Ash Wednesday

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Ash Wednesday Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2016WedFeb 10Ash WednesdayObservance
2017WedMar 1Ash WednesdayObservance
2018WedFeb 14Ash WednesdayObservance
2019WedMar 6Ash WednesdayObservance
2020WedFeb 26Ash WednesdayObservance
2021WedFeb 17Ash WednesdayObservance
2022WedMar 2Ash WednesdayObservance
2023WedFeb 22Ash WednesdayObservance
2024WedFeb 14Ash WednesdayObservance
2025WedMar 5Ash WednesdayObservance
2026WedFeb 18Ash WednesdayObservance

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