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Ash Wednesday Marked Across Western Mass.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Today is Ash Wednesday and the official beginning of Lent, the 40-day period of preparation for Easter Sunday.

Many local Catholics went to St. Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield to have ashes placed on their forehead in the shape of a cross.

The cross is a reminder of human mortality.

Many people also give or sacrifice something they love for the 40 days as a sort of self-penance.

Easter Sunday is April 20.

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