50+ Ash Wednesday Trivia Questions and Answers

Ash Wednesday marks the first day of the 40 days of Lent. A period dedicated to prayer, fasting (giving up certain luxuries and various foods), and almsgiving in preparation for Easter.

The marking of foreheads with ashes in the shape of a cross is a visible Christian ritual, but just one component of the holy day. Ashes serve as a reminder of humans’ sinfulness and the need for penance.

Ash Wednesday Facts Trivia Questions and Answers

In Iceland, Ash Wednesday resembles Halloween celebrations. Öskudagur, which is the country’s first day of lent is observed by kids dressing up in costumes and touring their neighborhoods singing songs in exchange for candy.

Did you know that you can receive ashes without going to church? Neither do you need to be a church leader to administer ashes. The catholic church has an option where parishioners can take packets of ashes home with them to apply to the foreheads of loved ones.

Quiz yourself with our amazing list of Ash Wednesday trivia! See below!

1. What is Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday is the day Lent begins.


2. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday in both the Eastern and Western Church.



3. Is Ash Wednesday a holy day of obligation?

No, it is not a holy day of obligation, but Catholics are encouraged to attend Mass on Ash Wednesday


4. On Ash Wednesday, a priest or minister traditionally marks worshippers with ash in the shape of what?

A cross, to symbolize Christ’s crucifixion and repentance


5. True or False: Easter affects the day Ash Wednesday lands on.

True; Ash Wednesday is 46 days before Easter Sunday.


6. When the minister or priest marks worshippers with ashes, which of these verses is commonly recited?

Remember, O man, that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.


7. The ashes on the forehead represent?

Mourning and repentance.


8. Where do churches typically get the ashes that are used to mark worshippers’ foreheads on Ash Wednesday?

They burn the palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday


9. Can you eat meat on Ash Wednesday?

No, meat is prohibited on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and Fridays of the Lenten Season.


10. In the Roman Catholic church, the Ash Wednesday ashes are a sacrament.



11. Psalm 51 is frequently used in the liturgies of Christian churches on Ash Wednesday. Which of these is a line from Psalm 51?

Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.


12. Ash Wednesday is most closely related to which celebration?

Fat Tuesday


13. For many Christians, Ash Wednesday is a time of fasting. What did Christ say to do while fasting?

Refrain from looking somber


14. Ash Wednesday falls on a different day every year; it is affected by the date of?



15. Observers of Ash Wednesday are most likely to?

Go on a fast


16. Which Christian denomination is more likely to observe Ash Wednesday?



17. What is the earliest date Ash Wednesday can possibly occur?

February 4


18. What phrase is most commonly associated with Ash Wednesday?

Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.


19. What is the Latin term for Ash Wednesday?

Dies Cinerum


20. The ashes consist of burned palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday service.



21. What is the original meaning of Lent?



22. The ash mark is put on the forehead because it symbolizes

A person’s ownership


23. Which is the last Sunday of Lent?

Palm Sunday


24. The ash on Ash Wednesday is a biblical symbol of mourning and repentance. What is the other symbol that doesn’t agree with the bible?

Refinement and Resurrection


25. Lent is said to be of 40 days, even though from Ash Wednesday to the last Saturday of the season it is 46 days. Why?

Sundays are not included


26. What else than Ash Wednesday has the ritual of putting a Cross on the forehead?



27. Which feast day always comes during Lent?

St. Joseph’s Feast


28. Do you think Christ got ashed on Ash Wednesday? Why?

No! There was no such day then.


29. On which day is Chrism Mass?

Maundy Thursday


30. Receiving ashes on the head was made popular in 1091 at?

The Synod of Benevento


31. What is special about Good Friday?

Day when mass is not celebrated


32. Which devotion has a special place during Lent?

Stations of the cross


33. What is eaten traditionally in the UK the day before Ash Wednesday?



34. When was the first Ash Wednesday celebrated?

Early Christians celebrated the first Ash Wednesday sometime around the Early Middle Ages, Panula said. Msgr. Kevin Irwin, a liturgy specialist at Catholic University, said the practice started in the 10th century and became an official liturgy in the 13th century.


35. How many days are counted into lent?



36. Does the service have to be performed in a church?

No. While Catholics almost always receive the ashes inside a church, people in other religious traditions now celebrate the ritual without necessarily having to step foot inside a church.


37. What color is associated with the lent season?



38. The main reason Christians give up coffee, Facebook, or chocolate during lent is:

To make space for Jesus


39. Holy Thursday commemorates?


40. On Palm Sunday, Jesus drove on?

A Donkey


41. What word is not supposed to be sung or said during lent?



42. The Wednesday before Easter is called Holy Wednesday, but it is sometimes called?

Spy Wednesday


43. When does the church ask us to fast?

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday


44. What does the fasting that occurs on the two specific days entail (number and portion of the meals)?

Two small meals, One full meal and Nothing in-between


45. What is the first day in the Christian season of Lent?

Ash Wednesday, 40 days before Easter


46. What is the first day in the Christian season of Lent?

Jesus’ time in the desert and the 40 years Israelites spent in exile after the Exodus.


47. Ashes are worn as a symbol of?

Repentance, Humility, Mortality


48. What is proclaimed when the ashes are distributed?

“Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return”


49. Ash Wednesday Christians focus on 3 main practices, which are?

Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving


50. Why do we participate in Almsgiving?

What we are given by God is not for us but meant to be shared with others


51. Why do we pray?

We have a holy longing that can only be fulfilled by God


52. The Lenten road of reflection, prayer, penance, and sacrifice ultimately leads to?

We have a holy longing that can only be fulfilled by God


53. What ages practice abstaining from certain foods?

Above 14 years old


54. What ages practice fasting from food on certain days?

Ages 18-59


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