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South Floridians celebrate Ash Wednesday

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent for Christians.

Miami's Archbishop Thomas Wenski celebrated by holding a noon mass at Saint Anthony's Church in Fort Lauderdale.

Ashes symbolize penance to the Catholic Church, which is why ashes are rubbed on the forehead during Ash Wednesday.

The 40-day season of Lent concludes on Easter Sunday.

During this time, many Catholics fast and give up something of pleasure. They also pray more, reflect or do for others with the hope of spiritual purification.

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