Lent is the word Christians use to describe the forty days leading up to
tarts on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Saturday, the eve of the Resurrection.
The focus of Lent is the time Jesus spent in the desert, where He underwent great anguish and turmoil and was exposed to temptations prepared by Satan.
Christians mark this ordeal
by making a 'resolution' or promise to improve an aspect of personal behaviour. For children this is often to give up something for the full forty days - chocolate, for example. Irish Catholics traditionally give up alcohol, but often allow an (unofficial) exemption to allow the Guinness to flow on St Patrick's Day (March 17)!
These days Christians are encouraged to adopt a more positive approach to the Lent Resolution. In this spirit many will do extra work for charity.
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