Lent began in 2014 on March 5 with Ash Wednesday, preceded by Clean Monday.
The period of approximately six weeks lasts through April 13 this year, the Friday before Palm Sunday. However, keep in mind that different sects of Christianity and Catholicism keep track of the time period differently, so they don’t all have it ending on the same day.
The period represents the time that Jesus is said to have fasted in the desert before teaching publicly. He was tempted by the Devil during that time.
Check out the full dates and calendar below:
Clean Monday, the first day of Lent in Eastern Catholic and Orthodox churches
Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent for Roman Catholics and many other sects
First Sunday of Lent
Second Sunday of Lent
Feast of Saint Patrick
Feast of Saint Joseph
Third Sunday of Lent
The Annunciation of the Lord
Fourth Sunday of Lent, or Mothering Sunday, which started Mother’s Day in the United Kingdom
Fifth Sunday of Lent, Passion Sunday, the start of Passiontide
Palm Sunday, the start of the Holy Week