Lent is a solemn religious observance in the Christian liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later, before Easter Sunday. Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time where we reflect on ourselves so we can prepare for Jesus. Many use this time as an opportunity to fast and do more good deeds. Every person 14 years or older must abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent. Some give up many of their favorite items to experience the same pain that Jesus went on his journey into the desert for 40 days. This lent I will be giving up ice cream, which is one of my favorite snacks to have. I will also be trying to volunteer at the nursing home near my house to help those that need to be helped. I’m taking this Lent as a chance to strengthen my relationship with God.