Religious Holidays Quiz

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For Christians, what is the meaning of the season of Lent or the Great Fast?

  • For at least three centuries, early Christians observed a two- or three-day fast in preparation for Easter.
  • Contemporary practice has generally limited a modified form of fasting and abstinence to the first day of Lent and Good Friday.
  • Lent now begins for Western Christians on Ash Wednesday and typically two days earlier for Eastern Christians.
  • Until the seventh century, the season began on a Sunday.

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