There are traditionally forty days in Lent which are marked by fasting, both from foods and festivities, and by other acts of penance. The three traditional practices to be taken up with renewed vigor during Lent are:
1. Prayer (justice towards GOD)
2. Fasting (justice towards self)
3. Almsgiving (justice towards neighbor)
Some people fast from a certain food, drink, and/or activity, then add or increase an activity that will bring them closer to GOD. This is done during this whole 40 day Lenten period, and results in greater appreciation and anticipation of the miracle of death, Burial and Resurrection of Christ.