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GRAPHIC: Explaining Lent

Area residents, churches celebrate Lent by giving or giving up

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Today marks the start of Lent, a season some Christians observe by giving things up or giving more to charity.

The practice of giving something up has its roots in the early Christian tradition of fasting during Lent.


"It was a way of denial, preparing the soul," said Roy Hammerling, a religion professor at Concordia College in Moorhead. "The modern person that says I'm going to deny myself something like sweets -- there's a hint of that going back to the early traditions."

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