Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by new converts and then became a time of penance by all Christians. Today, Christians focus on relationship with God, growing as disciples and extending ourselves, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of ourselves for others.
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Did you happen to know?
Samba, music, masks, beads, pancakes, and feasting have something very interesting in common.
They are celebrating Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras), the last day to feast on rich and fatty foods before Lent begins! What makes each celebration so different is the country in which they are celebrated and the traditions mixed with observances.