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Fat Tuesday

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Today is Fat Tuesday. (Every Tuesday is fat at my house!) Fat Tuesday is the day before Lent starts. The purpose of Fat Tuesday is to indulge in preparation for Lent, which is a 40 day period of fasting.No, it’s not a 40 day fast from food. That could kill someone! No, it’s a time of self-denial. I guess this helps you get closer to God. For some people they may be praying hard to get through 40 days of doing without something they love. Fat Tuesday is also the last day of Mardi Gras, which is literally the name Fat Tuesday. I suppose they close it down with a bang before giving up something they love.

Catholics and Protestants observe Lent. I’m a Protestant and personally feel we should always remain connect to God, but this time period really provides or even necessitates it.

If you are giving up something for Lent, I wish you well. 40 days is a long time, but it is probably well worth it. Am I giving up something? I’m not sure. I have already given up men and am almost a nun. So I’ll think about it today and decide.


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