An explanation of why there are 46 days from Ash Wednesday to Easter

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We speak of the “40 days of Lent” but a quick glance at the calendar indicates that there are 46 days from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday.  And when exactly does Lent end?

Here is a a fairly concise explanation of what is going on: http://www.archgh.org/default/oec/countingdaysoflent.pdf