|picture borrowed from http://blog.beruby.com/uk/2011/01/26/coffee-nation/|
It is a long tradition here in the UK to give up 'something' for Lent.
The act of giving up something for Lent, stems from the Christians wanting to endure the sacrifice as a reminder of Christ’s ultimate sacrifice on the Cross and to commemorate the 40 days in the desert.
It is interesting to note that what was a very religious act has now become very mainstream and many might not really think too closely about the origin of the act. Many now give up alcohol or chocolate or some other 'luxery' and actually treat it more as a detoxing time rather than a religious act.
As I don't really drink enough alcohol for it to be something special to give up, I decided to give up coffee (no, not ready to give up chocolate yet). I don't drink very much coffee, perhaps on average 3 cups a day, but it was still something to give up. It wasn't too hard, I have to admit. Perhaps the slight head aches at the beginning might be due to coffeine withdrawal, but I have been rather good (ok, I admit I failed once), and found a passion for green tea.
Still, I am looking forward to a nice big cup of latte or cappuccino when Holy Saturday starts. Actually, I think I will try to limit my coffee intake the rest of the year and stick to green tea, but the occasional cup of coffee will be nice...
Did you give up anything for Lent or what could you have given up?