Ash Wednesday and Lent 2019: Why we use 40 days to test our willpower


While it may still feel like we are in the cold, gloomy depths of winter, the days are slowly getting longer heralding the imminent arrival of spring.

Food is set to occupy our minds for the following few months, with Shrove Tuesday, Lent and Easter around the corner. But how is the fasting season of Lent intrinsically linked to spring – and why do we use the 40 days to test our willpower?

Here is everything you need to know about the Christian period, from all the key dates, to the best things to give up.

Why do Christians wear ashes?

Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of Lent in the Christian calendar, has been observed by Britons for centuries. Its exact date changes every year, because…


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