This sounds strange, but Ash Wednesday is one of my favorite days. We get to tell the truth, about the fact that we're dust, that our lives will end, and that even if we try our best, we are going to mess up. People bring back the palms they got on Palm Sunday [last year and then] stuck behind a mirror or on a mantel. We say a prayer over the palms and we burn them.
Boston Globe: Ash Wednesday's beautiful burning ritual
February 11, 2013