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Ash Wednesday: Nairobians mark start of Lent – PHOTOS

Catholic faithfuls thronged the Holy Family Basilica on Wednesday to mark Ash Wednesday, a day that marks the beginning of the Lent season.

The midday mass was led by John Cardinal Njue who urged faithfuls to observe peace and charity to their neighbors.

PHOTO | EVANS HABIL
PHOTO | EVANS HABIL

The message to this year’s Lent season is ‘Reconciliation for Peaceful Co-existence and National Integration’, he said.

Ash Wednesday is observed across the world by Christians to mark the beginning of the 40 days of Lent.

PHOTO | EVANS HABIL
PHOTO | EVANS HABIL

The Lent period culminates in Easter celebrations.

The ash, applied in the shape of a cross, is a symbol of penance, mourning and mortality.