A look at different ways to add some spirituality into your life this Lenten season.
Shrove Tuesday, more commonly known as Pancake Day, is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. The day is a moveable feast determined by the timing of Easter, and is observed by many Christian denominations, including Anglicans, Methodists, Lutherans and Roman Catholics. Shrove Tuesday comes from the word ‘shrive’ meaning ‘confess’, and traditionally the day is one of self examination and reflection. The day is also known as Mardi Gras, which is French for Fat Tuesday, which refers to the tradition of eating rich, fatty foods in preparation for the fasting season of Lent. From this comes the tradition of eating pancakes.
Despite being a Christian holiday, Shrove Tuesday is nowadays celebrated by most people in the UK, and people of numerous different spiritual beliefs take part in Lent. Originally a time for fasting and prayer, it has become a tradition for people to give up one or more habits for the 40 days leading up to Easter.
No matter what you believe in, Lent is the perfect time to practice becoming more spiritual. Maybe you plan to go join in the custom of giving something up, or maybe you’re going to take the opportunity to take up a new habit. Here are some ideas for special spiritual habits to consider taking up during Lent.
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