Lent: February 10th–March 24th, 2016


In an effort to create more awareness about world faiths and philosophies, the Office of Internal Affairs and International Initiatives would like to notify campus community members about important holidays celebrated within several world religions.  This message relates to Lent which is February 10th– March 24th  this year.

Lent is a 40-day period observed by some Christians: usually Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian and Anglican denominations. The 40-day period is used to spiritually prepare for Easter, the most important of Christian celebrations, when believers rejoice in the resurrection of their Savior, Jesus Christ. The Lenten period has been observed since apostolic times, as a period of reflection and penitence. The 40 days parallels the time that Jesus spent in the desert, before he began his public ministry (Mt 4:2).


Some Christians, especially Catholics, choose to “give up” an indulgence (such as sweets or watching television) during the 40 days, as a sign of repentance and exercise in self-control. Or, some Christians may use the 40 days to exercise good works and positive spiritual habits (such as visiting the sick, sending money to a charity or reflecting on The Stations of the Cross, a series of 14 incidents relating to the suffering of Christ during the crucifixion).

Purple is the symbolic color used in some churches throughout Lent; purple is used for two reasons: firstly, because it is associated with mourning and so anticipates the pain and suffering of the crucifixion, and secondly because purple is the color associated with royalty, and celebrates Christ’s resurrection and sovereignty.

*This information was drawn directly from a variety of sources:






Prairie View A&M University acknowledges and embraces the diversity of our students, faculty, and staff. Due to the great number and diversity of viewpoints, this resource is not able to provide an exhaustive list of significant dates for all faith and philosophical traditions. Likewise, the practice of special dates may differ based on region, denomination or generational differences.