If people at work/at school/on the street are asking you this question: "What are you giving up for Lent?" and you have no idea what they are talking about, let us tell you.
Today is Ash Wednesday, which for Christians means it's the beginning of Lent. And during Lent, people usually give up something they like doing or eating (like junk food or coffee) or pledge to do something to better themselves or the lives of others for 40 days and 40 nights. To put it in a secular light, it's kind of like a New Year's resolution, but for a shorter time period and a higher calling than just pledging to lose that belly fat.
So if you want to give up something for 40 days and 40 nights, it starts today! While we're not all practicing Christians, we like the idea of trying to give up something that's horrible for us, so we at E! Loves are going to try and see this through.
What are we giving up, you ask?
Jenna: "I'm giving up sugar, but I've already had a Butterfinger today, so it's not going great."
John: "I need to give up eating out every night. Or I need to live in a city that's not Los Angeles where it costs $30 for a single person to eat at a restaurant."
Wish us luck!
Also, people are bombarding Twitter with their own pledges and sacrifices, so if you need some ideas on what you should give up, here are some samples:
For Lent, I'm giving up sexual innuendos, but it's hard. So hard.? Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) March 5, 2014
That's what she said. Or is it what He said?
I'm giving up Scientology for Lent HAHA JK THEY WON'T LET ME HELP I'M TRAPPED ON A BOAT? Ed Lee (@smedlee) March 5, 2014
Is it a nice boat, though?
I'm giving up paying taxes for Lent? Jason (@jgetsmoney24_7) March 5, 2014
That sounds like it'll work out well for you.
I'm giving up Travoltifying people's names for Lent? Eli Braden (@EliBraden) March 5, 2014
Great idea, Eva Brazent!
I think I'm giving up dairy, not including cheese, for lent. Which I should be doing anyway but yah know.? Garbage (@pizzarhia) March 5, 2014
Cheater. Give up all dairy products or don't bother doing it at all!
Not eating fast food for lent is gonna make me have a bad attitude but I gave that up too so what is a girl supposed to do ??? Haley Hess (@haleyy27) March 5, 2014
Taco Bell is linked to having a good attitude. We think it's due to the Doritos taco shells.
Giving up exercise for lent? Clurr (@kuhh_laire) March 5, 2014
We're with you on this one. Those weights they have at the gym are too heavy.
What a magical attribute! We wish we could think of only cookies all the time.
For lent I'm giving up crack. Because I've never done crack so it'll be easy. I'm not even religious. Wtf is lent? Chelsea Masiero (@cmasiero_cc) March 5, 2014
Lent always reminds me of the interview I did with Rick Astley. I asked what he was going to give up, it went downhill from there.? Steve Oliver (@SteveOliver76) March 5, 2014
So it's your fault for this.
Im giving up being single for Lent and if im still single by tonight i'll give up candy and maybe get a boyfriend faster.? Lexie Rose (@lexiebeulahrose) March 5, 2014
We think you should give yourself more than six hours to find a boyfriend before you move on to giving up candy.
And the award for "how in the hell do you give up that for Lent?" goes to:
I wanted to give up men for lent but I just couldn't do it. So glitter it is ?????? I'll see you soon baby? throw some glitter? (@juscallmekesha) March 5, 2014
So what are you giving up for Lent? Don't say entertainment news sites, because we're thinking that Jesus would not have wanted that.
Good luck for the next 40 days and 40 nights!