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Today marks the first day of Lent

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(CNN) - Today marks the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday.

A season of prayer and penance in the Christian church, Lent is the period leading up to Easter. It lasts 40 days, excluding Sundays. Many people give up something during Lent, such as food, television or other activities. Taking up acts of charity is also customary.

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