What is Lent and when is it celebrated?


This article about what is Lent was updated by the Great British Mag content team on 16 February 2021.

Lent is a tradition held by the Christian church whereby you give up something for 40 days! In the UK some Brits use this as an opportunity to eat healthier or give up a bad habit, such as smoking.

The first day of lent is called Ash Wednesday, which this year will be on 17 February 2021, and you may notice some Brits may have a cross on their forehead which is meant to symbolise repentance for sins in front of God.

Before Ash Wednesday we have something called Shrove Tuesday AKA ‘Pancake Day’ (which is a lot of fun) and it is when Brits make thin pancakes to eat but also to have pancake races with.

The GB Mag team have made their pledges, which go something like this: David is going to give up hair gel, Sophie is going to give up biscuits, and Wahida is going to stop buying yet another pair of shoes. And your resident Brit? Well, after much deliberation, the team has decided I should give up watching ‘First Dates’ – which has sent shivers down my back. I’ll put it out there now that this may be an impossible task!

If you have a question for our resident Brit, drop us an email at askabrit@greatbritishmag.co.uk.

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