It's a season of prayer and penance, and a period of preparation for the Easter season.
Lent lasts six and a half weeks, ending on Easter.
Observances of Lent date back to the 4th Century.
Christian churches in the Eastern world follow a different timetable for Lent.
The arrival of Ash Wednesday means Easter is now 46 days away.
During Lent, many mark the season by giving up a particular luxury or vice they have.
According to Care2.com, here are the 10 most popular things people give up for Lent. These vices range from typical to technologically-minded.
- Chocolates & Sweets
- Social Media (Twitter/Facebook)
- Junk Food
- Soft Drinks