What Are You Giving Up For Lent?

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    NEWSLETTERS

    TK
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    Tracy Szyper and friends celebrate Ash Wednesday at St. Hubert.

    Today marks the first day of Lent.

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    Those who celebrate the Lenten season do so by giving up things, such as swearing or eating chocolate, for 40 days or the duration of Lent. The observance of Lent may include setting aside time to reflect, repent and fast. Christians receive ashes on Ash Wednesday to symbolize the first day of preparation for the Easter holiday. 

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    On this first day of Lent, what are you giving up?

    People shared their Lenten observances on social media. The sacrfice tweets from around the Philadelphia ranged from giving up fast food to posting selfies on social media.