Depends how you calculate it apparently! I assumed lent finished on Easter Sunday, so just in time to scoff your easter eggs:) It was only when a colleague asked when Lent finished, i wasn’t convinced i was right. We ended up counting 40 days on from Ash Wednesday (13th Feb this year), and came up with 24th March…. but Easter Sunday is on the 31st?? That’s 1 week later!!
Having only done Lent once (when i was 15, i gave up chocolate and sweets) and not really being religious, I turned to google, which naturally presented me with a Wikipedia page. Turns out different Christian denominations determine Lent differently.
“In the general Latin-rite and most Western denominations Lent is taken to run from Ash Wednesday to Maundy Thursday (the day before Good Friday, which is supposed to represent Jesus’ last supper with his 12 disciples) or to Easter Eve. In the Catholic Church, Lent lasts until Holy Thursday, while other denominations run until Easter Eve.”
“In most Western traditions the Sundays are not counted as part of Lent; thus the period from Ash Wednesday until Easter consists of 40 days when the Sundays are excluded. However in the Roman Catholic Church Lent is now taken to end on Holy Thursday rather than Easter Eve, and hence lasts 38 days excluding Sundays, or 44 days in total.”
I’ve decided to go to Maudy Thursday, and haven’t been taking Sundays ‘off’, so that works out a 44-day straight. Not quite half-way yet then!
No real recipes to report, though I know Paulina’s got a stack to share, so plenty more to come! I managed to forget the main part of my lunch today, so had to survive on almonds, celery sticks and a coconut-flour brownie until i could get down to the weekly fruit and veg market that comes to uni (i actually managed fine, but who can resist a good, crunchy carrot or two!). Coupled with a veggie stir-fry for dinner, i should be bursting with vits and mins!