14 February – 29 March

Taking place before Easter in the Christian calendar, Lent lasts for a period of forty days and forty nights in respect of the time Jesus is said to have spent fasting in the desert. Christians traditionally fast from certain foods, such as meat, butter, dairy and milk.

In anticipation of Christ’s crucifixion, Christian crosses are often wrapped in purple cloth, as purple is associated with mourning.

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