Lent is a time of self-denial. For a few days anyway.

To some, Lent is an intensely spiritual period when we abstain from certain luxuries or vices in order to feel closer to Jesus Christ and try to better understand his forty-day journey through the desert – during which he consumed no food and faced temptation from Satan. To others, Lent is a period of no particular significance to anyone (apart from those crazy Christians) that begins with pancakes and ends with chocolate eggs.