The season of Lent starts 40 days before Easter, beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Easter for most denominations. For Eastern Orthodox churches, Lent begins on Clean Monday, around 40 days before Palm Sunday, which is the last Sunday before Easter.
Because Sundays are not considered part of the 40 days, the period between Ash Wednesday and Easter is actually longer than 40 days. The season of Lent is of significance in Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian and Roman Catholic denominations. Members of these denominations consider Lent a season of preparation for Easter, a time to contemplate the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. During Lent, members of these denominations fast and practice a moderate, disciplined way of life.