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Ash Wednesday in Spain

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?

This is a provincial public holiday. Schools, businesses, and government offices in the province observing this holiday will be closed. In Spain, each province observes two holidays in addition to the holidays of the Autonomous Community and national holidays.

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

Ash Wednesday will only be observed in the year 2020.

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2015WedFeb 18Ash WednesdayObservance 
2016WedFeb 10Ash WednesdayObservance 
2017WedMar 1Ash WednesdayObservance 
2018WedFeb 14Ash WednesdayObservance 
2019WedMar 6Ash WednesdayObservance 
2020WedFeb 26Ash WednesdayProvincial HolidayPontevedra
2020WedFeb 26Ash WednesdayObservance 
2021WedFeb 17Ash WednesdayObservance 
2022WedMar 2Ash WednesdayObservance 
2023WedFeb 22Ash WednesdayObservance 
2024WedFeb 14Ash WednesdayObservance 
2025WedMar 5Ash WednesdayObservance 

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