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Published On: Thu, Mar 6th, 2014

Chocolate and Twitter tops list of things Christians are giving up for lent

March 5th marks the beginning of Lent, an important time for many Christians and denominations, as believers giving up a bad habit, common behavior or small vice to focus more on Jesus Christ in the time leading up to his death and resurrection.

Ash Wednesday marks the first day and The Blaze took to the internet with a “2014 Twitter Lent Tracker” in order to discover the top 100 most mentioned words associated with Lent.

Their Top 5 list includes,               

  • Chocolate – 4,853 Tweets
  • Twitter – 4,443 Tweets
  • School – 3,047 Tweets
  • Alcohol – 2,650 Tweets
  • Social Networking – 2,446 TweetsJesus Christ Messiah Origin photo

Lent lasts for forty days, in commemoration of the forty days which, according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus spent fasting in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry, where he endured temptation by the Devil.

In place of actual fasting, the Christians is presumably sacrificing or improving some aspect of their life and substituting this “time” or “event” with more time praying, worshipping God, reading their Bible or engaging in a Christ inspired activity.

This is designed to honor God and build a stronger, closer relationship.

Lent last until Easter Sunday, which is on April 20,

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