I gave up drinking for Lent since its one of the only vices I struggle with. I’m not a Catholic but I do love Carnvial and I’ve grown to see Lent as a worthy exercise for your will power. Its hard to make a change in our routine, even temporarily, so its refreshing to exert some control over something in your life where you know you are a bit too self-indulgent.
One of the neat things about getting interested in Carnival (or Mardi Gras if you prefer) is that its made me aware of the constellation of seasonal Christian festivals that I would probably otherwise be unaware of. For instance, Lent ends on Holy Saturday (or Easter Eve or Black Saturday as you prefer) and is, according to legend, the time when Christ descended into Hell to retrieve the souls of the righteous. The Wikipedia page on the “Harrowing of Hell” is an entertaining and informative read.
Unfortunately, I’m very, very busy with some commercial deadlines so I can’t really properly relax and indulge myself. I’ll probably have a drink with dinner but that’s about it. I can’t wait to clear my plate and sit around my neighbor’s brand new pool with an ice bucket full of beer. Hopefully that can happen later this week.