YONKERS - Wednesday marked Ash Wednesday for Christians in the Hudson Valley and across the world.

The faithful gathered at local houses of worship today to receive the symbolic ashes on their foreheads as a sign of penitence.

The ashes used are typically gathered from the burning of the palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday.

The day marks the beginning of the solemn season of Lent, which is the holiest season on the Christian calendar, and leads up to Good Friday and Easter.