February 22 – April 8, 2023 – Lent (western church)
The word “post” comes from the Old English word lencten, which means “spring”.
In the Western Church, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, six and a half weeks before Easter, and ends on Holy Saturday.
In the Eastern Church, Lent begins on the Monday of the seventh week before Easter and ends on the Friday before Palm Sunday.
Fasting and prayer are performed in memory and reflection of the fasting of Jesus Christ in the wilderness.
Lent lasts 40 days. Sunday doesn’t count.
The observance of Great Lent dates back to the 4th century.
5th-9th centuries – During Great Lent, it is customary to observe a strict fast. Meat and fish are prohibited, but one meal per day is allowed.
Fasting is still going on, but less strictly in Western churches.
Many people forego something during Lent, such as TV or other enjoyable activities.
Another custom during Lent is charity.