People downtown asking: Got Ashes?
BATON ROUGE - Members of the First United Methodist Church hit the streets of Baton Rouge to commemorate Ash Wednesday by bringing ashes to people in the downtown area.
Part of an outreach called "Got Ashes?", church members marked interested people with the sign of the cross on their forehead.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent for those of the Christian faith. Adherents typically wear an ashen cross on their foreheads to symbolize the period of mourning and repentance before Easter.
Other Lenten traditions include not eating meat on Fridays, which means many restaurants in Catholic-heavy south Louisiana are stocking up on crawfish, crab, and other seafood in preparation for higher demand.