Lent for the year 2026 starts on Wednesday, February 18th and ends on Thursday, April 2 with evening mass on Holy Thursday.
Lent is a Christian annual period that starts on Ash Wednesday lasting for 40 days (not Including Sundays) representing the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness. This 40 day period for Christians is a time to reflect, fast, and give penance in preparation for the resurrection of Christ Easter Sunday.
Is Lent 40 days
Lent for Christians starts on Ash Wednesday and ends on either the evening of Maundy Thursday or on sundown of Holy Saturday (day before Easter Sunday). However the practices of Lent do not end until sundown on Holy Saturday for all Christian denominations. So it is 44 days from Ash Wednesday to Maundy Thursday and another two days with Good Friday and Holy Saturday added to give a total of 46 days for Lent. But Sundays are excluded from fasting during Lent and with 6 Sundays removed from the count we get lent being a 40 day liturgical period.
Days to Lent 2026
Wednesday, February 18th is day number 49 of the 2026 calendar year with 3 years, 7 months, 20 days until the start of Lent 2026.
|When:||Begins Ash Wednesday lasting about six weeks and ends just before Easter|
Dates for Lent
|Holiday||Date||Days to Go|
|Lent 2021||Wednesday, February 17, 2021||-497|
|Lent 2022||Wednesday, March 02, 2022||-119|
|Lent 2023||Wednesday, February 22, 2023||238|
|Lent 2024||Wednesday, February 14, 2024||595|
|Lent 2025||Wednesday, March 05, 2025||980|
|Lent 2026||Wednesday, February 18, 2026||1330|