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MORE ABOUT LENT
What is Lent?
Lent is the season of fasting and penitence that precedes Easter in some branches of Christianity.
It is commonly observed by abstaining from certain things.
When is Lent?
The first day of Lent is Ash Wednesday, and the last day is Holy Saturday (the day before Easter). Since Easter Sunday moves every year, the start of Lent can fall between February 4 and March 10. The end of Lent can fall between March 21 and April 24. Lent is often considered a period of 40 days, but it actually consists of 40 weekdays and 46 days total.
In 2023, Lent will begin on February 22 and end on April 6. In 2024, Lent will begin on February 14 and end on March 28.
More information and context on Lent
The first records of the word Lent come from before 900. It comes from the Old English word læncte, meaning “lengthening (of daylight hours)” (or, less literally, “spring” or “springtime”). Easter itself is tied to the start of springtime, as it falls on the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox.
Christians celebrate Easter as the day of Jesus’s resurrection, and many see Lent as a time to reflect on his death and sacrifice. This often involves fasting and acts of penitence. Most Christians do not fast for the entirety of Lent, but some abstain from something, such as sweets, as an act of self-discipline (meaning they give it up during Lent).
Because Lent is a time of fasting and abstaining, the period leading up to it has become, for some, a time for indulging before the Lenten fast begins. This is especially the case for the Tuesday before Lent begins, which can be called Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday) or Shrove Tuesday (which is sometimes called Pancake Day due to the tradition of eating pancakes on that day).
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How is Lent discussed in real life?
Lent is known among Christians as a time of fasting and abstaining. For this reason, it is sometimes preceded by a day of indulging, and this tradition has become popular in some places even among non-Christians.
I love this time of year. Leading up to the Lenten season and Easter, it’s always a time for refining. I have a breakthrough in my faith every Lent so I’m excited for this year ❤️
— Ajanaé Dawkins (@MoonsAtDusk) January 15, 2021
Have y’all thought about what y’all are giving up for lent this year? I have never successfully given up something for lent 🙃🙃 but I want to do it right this year!
— Mary, Esq. 🇯🇲 (@Marytheesq) February 4, 2021
Happy Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent begins. Also known as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, and in our area as Paczki Day (Polish).
— Steven J. Kelly (@StJohnsPriest) March 4, 2014
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True or False?
The timing of Lent depends on the date of Easter.
How to use lent in a sentence
This year, his daughter decided to start saying grace before dinner during Lent, and he and his wife were encouraging, thinking it would be a nice thing to try out.Saying grace: How a moment of thanks, religious or not, adds meaning to our meals|Emily Heil|November 18, 2021|Washington Post
Lent declined in a written statement to respond to specific questions about Logan’s allegation but acknowledged the “serious questions that it raises.”‘People of Praise leaders failed me’: Christian group tied to Justice Amy Coney Barrett faces reckoning over sexual misconduct|Beth Reinhard, Alice Crites|June 11, 2021|Washington Post
Lent did not respond to questions about how People of Praise handled the allegation, but said the incidents occurred before the two Christian groups merged.‘People of Praise leaders failed me’: Christian group tied to Justice Amy Coney Barrett faces reckoning over sexual misconduct|Beth Reinhard, Alice Crites|June 11, 2021|Washington Post
Like Lent, the season of Advent was a period of reflection and fasting, and items such as dairy and sugar were forbidden.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts|Molly Hannon|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Shortly thereafter, T.I. lent his first post-incarceration verse to a remix of “Magic.”Future Makes Us Rethink Everything We Thought We Knew About Rap Artists|Luke Hopping|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In return we lent the hospitable Post our halftones, and they adorned its first city edition next morning.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire|H.L. Mencken|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There seemed a sense that his blackness alone lent him a protean kind of wisdom, power, promise—hope, we might recall.How Barack and Michelle Have Normalized Black Prominence|John McWhorter|May 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Oleksiy Kosarev, leader of a local anti-corruption organization, lent some credence to this conception.Ukraine’s Vigilante Peacemakers|James Kirchick|May 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Anselme, thus enjoined, lent an unwonted alacrity to his movements, waddling grotesquely like a hastening waterfowl.
The action was at first a little confusing to Edna, but she soon lent herself readily to the Creole's gentle caress.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
This stubborn resistance lent all the more lustre to the piety of our benignant Rulers.
This misfortune gave another opportunity to his detractors, and again the Emperor lent his authority to their false accusations.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
He surveyed his man more closely; but the inspection lent no colour to his suspicions.
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Cultural definitions for lent
In Christianity, a time of fasting and repentance in the spring, beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending several weeks later on Easter.