Only 5% of Britons are giving anything up for Lent 2023

Joanna MorrisData Journalist
February 24, 2023, 9:31 AM GMT+0

Chocolate and sweets most commonly given up by those marking the tradition

The centuries-old Christian tradition of Lent will see millions across the world give up something they love for the 40 days leading up to Easter.

But just 5% of Britons are partaking in the ancient festival this year, including just 11% of British Christians.

That represents a notable fall since 2012, when 12% of Britons and 20% of British Christians marked the occasion.

Chocolate and sweets most likely to be given up for Lent

Half of those marking the occasion (50%) say they have temporarily given up eating chocolate and sweets, while 17% have put pub-going and booze drinking on a temporary hiatus.

One in ten (10%) have turned their back on fatty foods, while 8% are abstaining from sex and the same proportion are giving up eating out and takeaways (8%).

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