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Lent - Origin, Customs during Lent, Holy Days, Reference

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In the Christian Church, the weeks before Easter, observed as a period of prayer, penance, and abstinence in commemoration of Christ's 40-day fast in the wilderness (Matt 4.2); in the Western Churches, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 40 days before Easter; in the Eastern Churches, it begins eight weeks before Easter, but excludes Saturdays and Sundays.

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