Ash Wednesday: herring, ashes, and the beginning of Lent

With the end of carnival comes the beginning of the 40-day Lent period.

On Ash Wednesday, church-goers at the Catharinakerk, Trudokerk, and Lambertuskerk in Eindhoven were given ashes. The ash is traditionally applied to the forehead in the shape of a cross or strewn over the head in Christian ritual.

Lent, a time for sobriety and reflection, lasts until Easter.

Carnival-goers traditionally eat herring, which was handed out to elderly residents at Vitalis Vonderhof care home yesterday.

Animals including seals, elephants, and lemurs at Nuenen’s Dierenrijk (Animal Kingdom) were also treated to a fish.


Translated by: Bob

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