The concept behind Lent is that each year, Christians will mimic Jesus’s actions in the wilderness.
Lent is sometimes called the “Great Fast.” It’s a period of time in which Christians are meant to give up some comfort or adopt some spiritual practice that leads to self-examination, repentance from sin, and, ultimately, renewal of the soul, all in anticipation of greater dedication to serving others and God in the coming year.
Good Friday is the Friday before Easter, and Maundy Thursday is the day before that.
Both those days are traditionally marked with special church services.
However, it always falls on a Sunday in the Northern Hemisphere’s spring.
As with many other holiday observances in Christianity, the history of Easter date-setting is rather long and complicated, stretching back millennia and interacting with various calendars used by people in the ancient world.So, Christians who observe Lent are told to break their Lenten fast on Sunday and celebrate the feast.The manner in which they break that fast varies, depending on the tradition.A woman with a cross on her forehead for Ash Wednesday listens to Republican presidential candidate Sen.Marco Rubio (R-FL) during a campaign rally at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center February 10, 2016 in Columbia, South Carolina. Many folks are generally aware that it’s a religious observance that happens every spring and somehow involves people getting ashes smeared on their forehead and/or giving up chocolate or booze or Facebook until Easter.Intriguingly, current White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer donned the Easter Bunny costume for the event during George W.Bush’s years in the White House.) Once the date for Easter is fixed, all you have to do to calculate the other days of observance that fall during the Lenten period — including Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday — is count backward.(The annual White House Easter Egg Roll is held on Easter Monday, the day after Easter Sunday, a tradition dating back to 1878, when Rutherford B.Hayes issued an order allowing children to roll Easter eggs on the lawn that day.Orthodox Christians use a slightly different system — which means that when Orthodox Easter (sometimes called Pascha) lands on the same day as Western Easter, as it did in 2017, it’s coincidental.This year, Western Easter is on April 21, and Orthodox Easter is on April 28.