Aschermittwoch is the German name for Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.┬á Although it is not a public holiday, most companies will allow their employees time off during the day to go to church, if they wish to.
At church, people are blessed with a cross on the forehead made from the ashes of last year’s palm leaves.
This is also the day on which the policital parties hold their regional meetings.┬á The use them to plan for the coming political year, and also to critise the policies of their opponents.
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