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What is Lent and when does it begin?
Written By Tom Ehrich

The Christian season of Lent (from an Old English word meaning “spring”) is the 40-day period before Easter. Lent traditionally begins on Ash Wednesday and extends forty days, not including Sundays, when a certain easing of the fast was allowed. Six weeks of six days plus the four days starting with Ash Wednesday make up the forty days.