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10 things every Irish person knows to be true about Lent

The smugness! The Trócaire Box! The cravings!

1. Right as you give something up, you will suddenly find yourself surrounded by it

everywhere You, singing about biscuits Source: instantreplay/Tumblr

Giving up chocolate? Expect every co-worker to suddenly start bringing Toblerones in to work - most likely just to torture you.

2. “Taking up” something for Lent is a bit of a cop out

shutterstock_158504645 Source: Shutterstock/Asier Romero

Those people who say that they aren’t giving up anything for Lent, but are “taking up” something? Admirable, sure, but a total cop out.

Lent is about giving up chocolate, not taking up pilates or whatever.

3. You will seize all opportunities to be smug

Italy PopeHi, hatersSource: AP/Press Association Images
Yeah, I haven’t eaten chocolate in 18 days. I might never eat it again actually.

4. Feelings of smugness are usually immediately followed by feelings of extreme want



5. There’s always that one person who has given up more than you

nicki Source: find-your-freedom/Tumblr

And aren’t afraid to shout about it. It’s like they’re purposely trying to minimize your achievements.

What do you want? A medal?

6. You have full permission to go mad on St. Patrick’s Day

St Patricks Festivals Source: samboal

This is the one day it is okay to cave and not be held accountable for it. It’s an understanding we as a nation have.

*stuffs face with Creme Eggs*

7. Ditto Sundays

lucy Source: m-ortelle/Tumblr

We won’t tell if you don’t.

8. You will be taunted by this box

trocaire Source: My Stupid Brain

And its mere presence may cause you to do reprehensible things.

9. If and when you do cave, you will be wracked with guilt

guilt Source: The Journal

The feeling of being so close and yet so far will never subside.


10. Regardless of whether you managed to stick to Lent, you will still absolutely overdo it on Easter Sunday

easteregg Source: Lee McCoy/Flickr

Happy Lent, everybody!

You’re not alone – 7 people who have already broken their Lent promises >

Quiz: Will You Succeed At Giving Up For Lent? >

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