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Lent begins

Catholics line up to get their foreheads marked with ashes in the shape of a cross during Ash Wednesday Mass in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. Ash Wednesday for Catholics worldwide ushers in a period of penitence and reflection, known as the season of Lent, that leads up to Easter Sunday. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
Catholics line up to get their foreheads marked with ashes in the shape of a cross during Ash Wednesday Mass in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. Ash Wednesday for Catholics worldwide ushers in a period of penitence and reflection, known as the season of Lent, that leads up to Easter Sunday. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Lent marks the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert. Although it is traditionally a religious holiday, many non-Christians join in around the world and try to go without one thing for approximately six weeks. According to openbible.info, a website that tracks what Twitter users say they are giving up for Lent (both serious and non-serious) some of the most popular things people want to banish are chocolate, social networks and alcohol/Independent. More here.

Question (for those who observe Lent): What do you plan to give up this year?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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