40 days and 40 nights: the 8 guilty pleasures most people (hope to) give up for Lent
Now that the egg-flipping, golden-syrup-and-ice-cream goodness of Pancake Day has been and gone, you might’ve found that a gaping void has appeared in your life. You have our condolences during this difficult pancake-less time.
But harrowing as your current plight may be, take some time to think of those brave, strong souls who are participating in Lent – the gaping void in their lives will grow expansively over this time of fasting.
In case you weren’t aware, Ash Wednesday – the day after Pancake Day – marked the beginning of Lent – a religious festival which originally commemorated the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus. During this time, Christians would once give up rich food, like meats, cheese and dairy, among other things for 40 days, until Easter Sunday.
While it still remains a time of fasting and festivities for Christians and non-Christians alike, nowadays we typically only give up a single guilty pleasure for 6 weeks, rather than pretty much everything. That isn’t to say it’s easy – giving up the most brilliant, terrible, joy-bringing things in your life will make your 40 day fast feel like the longest 40 days in the world.
Are you one of the millions of people around the world who’ll be giving up something special to you over the coming month and a half? Or maybe you’re thinking of making a late Lent entrance by sacrificing one of your vices for the remaining month or so? It’s never too late, after all.
If so, you might be interested to see what millions of other people are giving up for Lent. This list is a list of the things people most commonly give up for 40 days.
Social networking (goodbye Facebook!)
Sweets and treats
An exercise in self-control or self-denial foolishness? You decide
While giving up a luxury or guilty pleasure for 40 days will, in itself, make little difference to our lives in the long-run, it is undeniably an exercise self-control. It’s not easy to give up something we really, really like for 40 days, and by proving to ourselves that we have the strength of will to do it can act as a springboard for making greater, better change to our lives later on.
Alternatively, we might just regret giving up cake for 40 days, and vow never to do something so silly again.
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