Ash Wednesday- Why do we give things up?

A catholic holiday, Ash Wednesday, during Ash Wednesday, Catholics do not eat meat. But there is more than that. People 14-17 have to give something up until Easter Sunday, as people 18-56 fast until Easter Sunday. But why do we give something up

First, Ash Wednesday is the start of Lent, but its exact date changes each year depending on when Easter falls. Lent is on March 1 st , which is also Ash Wednesday and the day after

Shrove Tuesday. Lent is a 40 day holiday, which usually ends on April 13 th , which is also known as Holy Thursday.

Now, Lent reflects on Jesus, the Holy Father’s son, as he fasted and suffered for 40 days, and 40 nights, before he started his ministry. As he was tempted, he avoided temptation. People follow Jesus’ example to grow closer to God as Easter approaches.

Pancake Day, occurs the day before Lent, symbolizing when Christians eat milk and eggs before it begins.

By Marina


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