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Old 03-06-2011, 08:05 PM   #13
RandoMandaPanda
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I was raised by a family that's half Catholic, and I'm familiar with Lent. I usually give something up even as a non-Catholic, as I like a challenge. I don't do it for the 'right' reasons, according to some, but it works for me. My boyfriend is from a very Catholic country where the entire week ('semana santa' or holy week) preceding Easter involves daily church, parades, marches, prayer, and other such traditions, but had never heard of Lent until I asked him in 2005 what he was giving up. It depends on local culture, and at least in my observation has been a purely Catholic phenomenon. Also note he is a devout practicing Catholic. There are crucifixes, images of Mary, and rosaries all over our house but he had never heard of Lent or Fat Tuesday.
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