The significance of Lent and Easter

Everyone is welcome at church this Easter. Find out the answers to common questions you may have.
A worshipper holding a cross made of reeds

Lent and Easter are an important part of the Christian calendar. A season (from Ash Wednesday until Easter Eve) of self-examination, penitence, self-denial, study, and preparation for Easter. Its duration (forty days plus Sundays) recalls the temptation of Christ in the wilderness.

Learn more about the significance of Lent and Easter to Christians, and find out the answers to common questions you may have.

What is Shrove Tuesday?
What is Ash Wednesday?
Why does the Church mark the season of Lent?
Why does Lent last for 40 days?
Why do people often give up something during Lent?
What are the Stations of the Cross?
What is the significance of Palm Sunday?
What does 'Maundy Thursday' mean?
Why is it called 'Good Friday'?
Why do some churches do a 'walk of witness' on Good Friday?
What date is Easter 2024?
Why is Easter so important to Christians?
Why do we celebrate Easter with eggs?
What should I wear at church this Easter?
What services and events happen during Lent and Easter?
If I'm visiting church for the first time, how will I know what to do?
How will I follow along or join in with the service?
How long does Easter last?