04/03/2014 12:29 EST | Actualisé 04/03/2014 12:39 EST

What Is Lent? When Is It? And What Should I Give Up?

It's that time again!

Lent begins on March 5 (Ash Wednesday). It's an approximately six-week period in which Christians give up something, usually rich food, to show penitence for the death of Jesus and to emulate his example. Some non-Christians take part just to see how long they can go without their favourite things.

Here are a few luxuries that you can probably go without until April 17 (Holy Thursday), though keep in mind, Lent also extends to April 20 (Easter Sunday) in some denominations.

  • Deep Fried Food
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    It\'s delicious and tempting and oh-so-bad for you. \n\nBy the way, these are deep fried butter balls.
  • Meat
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    Learn what it\'s like to be a vegetarian!
  • Devices
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    We\'re not saying you should give up your digital devices altogether, but maybe try to modify how much you use them. Put your phone or your tablet to bed when you get home and don\'t turn it on again until you\'re back at work the next day. Conveniently, the National Day of Unplugging falls on March 7-8, right after Lent begins.

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