NEW CASTLE —
The annual season of Lent begins Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, for Christians in Lawrence County and around the world.
Many will attend church services and receive the ashes on their foreheads as a symbol of repentance and reminder of mortality.
The 40-day season, for some, includes days of fasting and abstaining from meat, and this has given rise to another local tradition. The familiar fish dinners, run by volunteers, will begin Wednesday and continue to be offered on Fridays during Lent by local churches, fire departments and other organizations.
In Lawrence County, there are multiple food choices. In addition to fish, offerings include, pierogi, pizzas, pasta e fagioli, pasta dishes, macaroni and cheese, and even eggplant sandwiches.
The season will culminate with the celebration of Easter on April 20.