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

Easter is 46 days away.
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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