Web Extra: Ash Wednesday, 10 Most Popular Items to Give Up for Lent

Today is Ash Wednesday and the first day of Lent for many Christian churches.

It's a season of prayer and penance, and a period of preparation for the Easter season.

Lent lasts six and a half weeks, ending on Easter.

Observances of Lent date back to the 4th Century.

Christian churches in the Eastern world follow a different timetable for Lent.

The arrival of Ash Wednesday means Easter is now 46 days away.

During Lent, many mark the season by giving up a particular luxury or vice they have.

According to Care2.com, here are the 10 most popular things people give up for Lent. These vices range from typical to technologically-minded.
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolates & Sweets
  • Cursing
  • Social Media (Twitter/Facebook)
  • Television
  • Junk Food
  • Soft Drinks
  • Smoking
  • Texting
  • Gossiping

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