Is Saturday the last day of lent, or today? Either way, given that it's supposed to represent J's fast in the wilderness, shouldn't it end earlier in the week? Is it Palm Sunday to represent Jesus riding back into town on a donkey or something?
- The wilderness thing happened years before the crucifixion thing, before any of J's ministry, in fact.
- Palm Sunday is about riding into town on a donkey, but not from the wilderness.
- Lent as a whole lasts 40 days but doesn't include Sundays, when you don't have to fast.
(- You also don't have to fast on the feast of the Annunciation, which is when we celebrate Mary getting pregnant, and which *is* precisely nine months before Christmas - so your literal-mindedness does work on that one)
- These 40 days do represent the wilderness thing, but only the first four weeks of Lent are spent thinking about that. The other two are called Passiontide and are spent thinking about the crucifixion and events leading thereto.
- Lent finishes at the first mass of Easter, which takes place on Saturday night in most places.
- Easter isn't illegal in Dubai according to my Fundamentalist Cousin who lives round there, but you have to have it in a special compound and aren't allowed to lure Muslims in.
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