What Are You Giving Up For Lent? 18 Bustle Readers and Editors Tell Us What They're Abandoning Until Easter

Even if you’re not religious, you probably noticed that this past Tuesday was Mardi Gras, which means that we have now entered the season of Lent. Lent, in case you were not aware, is the Christian season of prayer, atonement, and self-denial, which runs from Ash Wednesday, February 18, through Thursday, April 2. It's followed by Good Friday, and, then, of course, Easter, the day that Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead.

During this six week-long observance, devout Christians give up a vice, bad habit, or pleasure of some sort. Catholics also give up meat on Friday, and some old school Catholics, like my Grammy, even fast for the whole day each week. (Personally, I don’t know how she does it.) Lent is also a time for penance, self-reflection, and admitting to yourself that maybe you need to quit being the worst. I kid!

We asked Bustle readers and editors, religious or not, what they plan to give up this year for Lent. Surprisingly, there are a lot of people willing to deny themselves something they love for the next several weeks, if only to give themselves a challenge. While I plan to give up nothing, as per usual, here’s what our readers plan to kick to the curb until Easter Sunday.

Jennifer, 33

Sara, 34

Rosanne, 27

Amanda, 26

Natalie, 28

Sarah, 31

Caroline, 32

Sarah, 25

Becky, 30

Melanie, 24

Colleen, 30

Meg, 27

Nini, 30

Billy, 34

Jen, 34

Jess, 29

Jill, 32

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