Vestments are purple at the start of Lent.
The latest possible date that Lent can start is on Easter Sunday
April 11th 2009
Lent in 2009 will begin on Wednesday, February 25th and will last 46 days, ending on Saturday April 11th.
Ash Wednesday is the start of Lent and during Lent, the church uses purple
Lent 2015 starts on Wednesday, February 18
Lent always starts on ash Wednesday.
Lent starts on Wednesday, March 9, 2011.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, for 2009 that date was February 25th. Lent lasts for 40 days (not counting Sundays) and ends the day before Easter Sunday which is known as Holy Saturday. This puts Holy Saturday and the last day of Lent April 11, 2009.
You don't really have to prepare for Lent. I guess, in order to prepare for Lent you could start thinking about what you want to give up for Lent.
Please note lent starts on ash Wednesday and not on a Friday.