To 'Western' Christians who celebrate: Happy Ash Wednesday! (and err... Lent) To Roman Catholics: It is the time of year again... for 7 of us anyway (plus lurkers- Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition). Remember (late, I know) no meat or poultry today or any Fridays! Give those ham sandwiches to your atheist friends. Don't even think about taking a bite. How dare you think about it. To All (this is the discussion point of the thread): As of late, Ash Wednesday seems to be more of a cultural than a religious thing, although unlike Christmas and Easter (they are commercial- not really as much cultural). I really don't think that is bad, though. IMHO, culture is good, as long as there is no "Us" vs "Them" mentality. Feel free to discuss/ debate.