Wednesday, March 5, 2014

About Today: Lowdown on Lent: Ashes, Fish, and What to Give Up

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Even if they're still stuffed from Fat Tuesday feasting and tired out from Mardi Gras festivities, it's time for many Christians around the world to turn their attention to Lent, a much more solemn (and sober) religious season observed in the weeks leading up to Easter.

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What Is Ash Wednesday?
Wondering why you keep passing people on the street with a black cross on their foreheads? Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Lenten season for many Christians. The ashes, which are made by burning the palms that were distributed the previous year on Palm Sunday, are blessed and serve as a symbol of humility and a call to repentance.
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Why Is Everyone Giving Somthing Up for Lent?
Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for the Easter season and resurrection of Jesus by observing a period of fasting and moderation (although specific requirements can vary based on the denomination). For many, it's also a time of self-sacrifice. You may know people who "give up" things like chocolate, Facebook, or even (gasp!) stop drinking coffee during Lent.
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Why Do Catholics Eat Fish on Fridays?
Catholics aren't supposed to eat meat on Fridays during Lent (among these other fasting rules), so it's often a "fish is the dish" dinner in many homes. If you're looking for something new to swap in, we present the ultimate collection of meatless and Lenten season-approved recipes.
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So When Is Easter This Year Anyway?
Most people know the Lenten season is 40 days long. So why, you might ask, are there actually 46 days between today and Easter Sunday on April 20? The answer about how Lent's 40 days are really calculated takes us back to the early days of Christianity.
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