HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Today is Ash Wednesday, which means the beginning of the season of Lent.
Ash Wednesday services are taking place across the nation and the world and most Christian denominations observe lent.
Some Christians wear ashes, which symbolize the dust from which God made us.
It begins the 40 days that lead up to Easter Sunday.
Part of Lent is the practice of fasting, or giving up something that is precious such as a favorite food.
"Lent begins today with Ash Wednesday and Ash Wednesday is a reminder of our own mortality in light of the resurrection of Jesus," said Rev. Aislinn Kopp, associate pastor at Main St. United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg. "What lent is, is a 40 day period of self-reflection of looking at how your life is different and can be different because of Christ."
Easter Sunday is March 27.