MILLIONS of people around the world gave up everything from chocolate to cigarettes yesterday for Lent.
And religious leaders in Nelson Mandela Bay used the annual event to urge those who will observe it to better the lives of those around them.
The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Thursday, the day before Easter Friday.
It also symbolises Jesus’s 40 days and nights of fasting.
Monsignor Brendan Deenihan of St Augustine’s Cathedral in Central said: “During this period, the church renews itself and seeks conversions of the heart.”
Father Eldridge Davids of the St Don Bosco Catholic Church in Kwazakhele said it was to remind people of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Father Jonathan Vermaak, of St Bernadette’s Catholic Church in Walmer, said Lent was a great time to reunite in prayer.
“We pray for the salvation of souls, the forgiveness of sins, peace throughout the world, especially the Holy Land and Middle East, and of course in our own continent, country and homes,” Vermaak said.