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A man receives ashes on Ash Wednesday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York in 2010.
Christians mark Ash Wednesday February 22, a holy day that launches the liturgical season of Lent, the 40 days of prayer and repentance before Easter Sunday.
Traditionally during Lent, Christians fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and abstain from eating meat on Fridays, out of reverence for Jesus’ death on Good Friday.
Many people also give up a vice during Lent as an attempt to remove barriers to God.
Others use Lent as a time to buckle down on long-abandoned New Years resolutions, giving up favorite foods or swear words.
At ComPost, Alexandra Petri has some hilarious hints on what the candidates should give up for Lent.
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