Mardi Gras season is in full swing with a whole host of parades held last weekend, and many more parades and balls to come.

Following Fat Tuesday is the season of Lent in preparation for Easter.  Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, which is 40 days before Easter.

It's a time of reflection and repentance, and many Christians in Acadiana decide to give something up during Lent.

The point of Lent is to set aside a time of moderation, spiritual discipline and repentance.  The time of reflection is used for people to focus on the sacrifices of Jesus Christ through his life, death and resurrection.

Many people who give up something for Lent do so for the entire time from Ash Wednesday to Easter; some give up something during that time frame, but they allow themselves to have the item on Sundays.

Either way, Christians all over Acadiana are likely thinking of what they will give up this year during Lent.

What will you give up?

For many people, they may decide to give up alcohol as a form of repentance during Lent.  Other people may give up smoking, soda or chocolate and sweets.

I am interested in what people will give up for Lent?  I am also interested in why you do it?  In other words, what does it mean to you to give up something for Lent? After giving up something for Lent, has it become a life changing event?  Have you then forsaken that item forever?  Please email me with your responses, and I will keep them anonymous. My email is