Lent is the 40 day period before Easter when Catholics give up something important to them in a fast to remind them of their faith. It begins on Ash Wednesday (today) and ends on Sunday, March 31st – Easter Sunday.
In the Catholic tradition, Lent is meant to mirror the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert before his death. Technically, Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday is 46 days, or six and a half weeks. Since Sunday is the day of rest, Catholics take a day of rest from their Lenten fasts on Sundays, making the Lenten fast 40 days long.
Though not Catholic, I look forward to Lent every year as an opportunity to minimize something from my life, and see how I get on without it. One of the ideas behind minimalism is that less is enough, and that striving for enough is preferable to striving for more.
This year I will be giving up all sweets (as I do every year). I will also be giving up land-meat (not seafood) to experiment with how I feel on a more plant-based diet.
For another minimalist’s take on Lent, check out Living Lagom’s post.
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