Ash Wednesday: Churches offer ashes to go, #ashtag photos signal start of Lent online

Jack Frame / WTTG
Jack Frame / WTTG
It's Ash Wednesday-- which marks the first day of Lent. It's also the reason you may see people who participate in services for Ash Wednesday wearing ashes on their foreheads. But for those who don't have a chance to get to a service today, some churches around the D.C. region are bringing the ashes to you.

Through "Ashes to Go," ashes are being given out at all sorts of places Wednesday-- including Metro stops, coffee shops, and park-and-rides around the D.C. region.

Lent begins 40 days before Easter (Sundays are not included). During Lent, many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. Lent ends on Holy Thursday, the fifth day of Holy Week (leading up to Easter) which marks the Last Supper.

Here are some Ashes To Go locations in an around the DMV.

If you do get ashes, you can let everyone know on social media by using the hashtag #ashtag. (Check out some pics here: https://twitter.com/hashtag/ashtag?src=hash) After you get you ashes, post your photo online, the only thing left is to decide what you are giving up for Lent.

So, what are you giving up? Cigarettes, candy...or is it something more bizarre or crazy!

Let us know on Facebook and Twitter using hashtags #lent2015 #ashwednesday #ashtag

Ashes To Go Locations:

Whites Ferry Boat Ramp
Whites Ferry Road, Dickerson, MD 20842
6:30-8am, 5-6:30pm | Ashes provided by St. Peter's, Poolesville

Whalen Commons
19701 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville, MD 20837
(301) 428-8927
6:30-8am, 5-6:30pm | Ashes provided by St. Peter's, Poolesville

Starbucks Germantown
13408 Kingsview Village Avenue, Germantown, MD 20874
(301) 540-6827
11:30am-1:30pm | Ashes provided by St. Nicholas'

Starbucks Gaithersburg
11:30am-1:30pm | Ashes provided by St. Nicholas'
12179 Darnestown Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
(301) 527-1930

MARC Station Gaithersburg
4-6pm | Ashes provided by Ascension, Gaithersburg
5 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Maryland Ave & E Montgomery Ave
11:30am-1:30pm | Ashes provided by Christ Church, Rockville
Maryland Ave & E Montgomery Ave, Rockville, MD 20850

Saint John's Episcopal Church
3-3:30pm | Ashes provided by St. John's, Olney
3247 Olney Laytonsville Road, Olney, MD 20830

Burtonsville Park & Ride
6-8am | Ashes provided by Transfiguration Episcopal Church

Orchard Center
By the McDonald's | 7:45-9am | Ashes provided by St. Mark's, Fairland
12000 Cherry Hill Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904

1700 Powder Mill Rd
9am-12pm, 3-5pm | Ashes provided by Our Saviour, Hillandale
1700 Powder Mill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20903

Grosvenor Metro Station
7-9am, 4:30-6:30pm | Ashes provided by St. Luke's, Bethesda

Bethesda Metro Station
5:30-6:30pm | Ashes provided by St. Dunstan's

Silver Spring Metro Station
7:30-9am | Ashes provided by Grace Church, Silver Spring

Takoma Metro Station
8-9:30am, 5-6:30pm | Ashes provided by Trinity, DC

University of Maryland, College Park
10:30-11:15am | Ashes provided by St. Andrew's, College Park

Whole Foods Market
7:30-9am | Ashes provided by St. Alban's
2323 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20007

Woodley Park-Zoo Metro Station

23RD St NW & I St NW
8-10am, 3:30-5:30pm | Ashes provided by St. Paul's, K Street

Dupont Circle Metro, south entrance
7:45-9:30am | Ashes provided by St. Thomas', Dupont Circle

1514 15th St NW
7-8am | Ashes provided by St. Luke's, DC

1217 Massachusetts Ave NW
6-11:45am, 1-6:45pm | Ashes provided by Ascension and St. Agnes
1217 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

13th St NW & G St NW
7-11am, 5-6pm | Ashes provided by Church of the Epiphany, DC
13th St NW & G St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Capitol South Metro Station
8-9:30am, 5-6:30pm | Ashes provided by St. Mark's, Capitol Hill

Eastern Market Metro Station
5:30-6:30pm | Ashes provided by Christ Church, Washington

Benning Rd Metro Station
6-6:40am, 5-6pm | Ashes provided by Atonement

Water St & Church St
1-2pm | Ashes provided by Trinity Church, Upper Marlboro
Water St & Church St, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

14300 St Thomas Church Rd
6-8am | Ashes provided by St. Thomas', Croom
14300 St Thomas Church Rd, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Blue Crab Stadium Park & Ride
6-7:30am | Ashes provided by St. Paul's, Piney
11765 Saint Linus Drive, Waldorf, MD 20602

La Plata
7:30-9am | Ashes provided by Christ Church, La Plata

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