Quick, what is Lent? Why can’t you eat meat on Fridays? What’s up with the 40 days? There are often a lot of questions surrounding this important time in the Christian calendar. But sometimes we are put on the spot and have no idea how to quickly explain to others what Lent is. It’s time to bust out the fish fries and explore the top 5 myths about Lent to help you get started.
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- Lent is 40 days long – true but it spans 46 calendar days (Sunday’s do not count)
- Jesus spent 40 days in the desert before His death – false, he spent 40 days prior to His ministry
- Lent ends on Easter – false, technically Lent ends on Holy Thursday (but Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday are treated as one “day”)
- Easter is celebrated on the exact day Jesus died – Easter is determined by the Jewish calendar, which is determined by the moon (interesting stuff actually)
- Christians don’t eat meat during Lent – false, we abstain from meat on Fridays (in most areas of the world)
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