Here are some facts about Lent that might surprise you. Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, a Western Christianity tradition of prayer and fasting for 40 days, excluding Sundays.
1. Lent is the 40 weekdays from Ash Wednesday to Easter observed by the Roman Catholic, Eastern, and some Protestant churches
2. The time between Ash Wednesday and Holy Saturday, are actually 46 days. Since Sunday’s aren’t included.
3. Lent comes from the Middle English word “lente,” which means springtime.
4. One of Lent’s central components is fasting. On the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, “Fat Tuesday,” people party in the streets and get fat since they should be fasting for the next 40 days.
5. Catholics observing Lent choose to eat fish, not meat, on Fridays during Lent, but there are a few interesting exceptions to the rule.
6. Besides not eating meat, Christians also abstain themselves from pleasurable activities.
7. Prayer is another common practice for those practicing Lent.
8. Violet is the official color of Lent, as this represents mourning for Jesus dying on the cross.
9. Lent doesn’t end on Easter; it ends on Good Thursday, the day Jesus has The Last Supper.
10. This is also a time for followers to give to charity.
11. Ashes to mark a cross on your forehead symbolize God’s creation of man from ashes and that man returns to ash when he dies.
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