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You Thought Giving Up Chocolate Was Nuts, Look At These 9 Crazy Things My Family Endured For Lent

Most people give up sweets, smoking, excessive drinking or social media during Lent. But, because everything Puerto Ricans do is exagerado, my household during Lent got medieval. Between my religious grandmother and my mom, the ‘suffering’ part of Lent was… not symbolic. Here are the nine ways my abuela made us really suffer during Lent.

1. You’re giving up chocolate for 40 days? That’s cute. Once the sun set, our home was enveloped in darkness, because we gave up electricity.

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This was especially cruel in a household where El Cuco was real. You know he comes out in the dark!

2. You gave up drinking? Nice. How about no TV, music or dancing?  Can’t laugh when you’re supposed to be suffering.

Literally abuela’s response when asked if dancing was allowed during Lent:

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Keeping a group of Puerto Rican kids from dancing is like caging a bird. We just want to pop and lock, abuela!

3. Wearing less makeup for Lent is a smart move, but we just went ahead and covered all the mirrors. Examining your beauty was vanity — extremely disrespectful.

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“Magic mirror on the wall, who is the holiest of them all?”

4. Most families spend less money during Lent. My family was forced to attend live reenactments of the “Stations of the Cross,” where the real carnage of the story happened for free.

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Imagine seeing that when you’re in elementary. It’s a little traumatic.

5. Quitting porn for Lent? It’s easier if you’re in my family, because we were forced to watch films that reenacted the suffering of Jesus.

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Mom referred to them as “horror movies,” and I agree — the only thing worse than this scene from “The Da Vinci Code” was Tom Hanks’ mullet in that movie.

6. Introducing more veggies into your diet? Solid choice. Because you couldn’t eat meat at all for Lent at my house.

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That’s 40 days of vegetarianism.

7. Giving up coffee? No problem! Ice showers will wake you up when you say goodbye to hot water, like my family did.

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After a while, your skin goes numb and you barely feel it!

8. Be more organized? Great idea. When I broke my grandma’s rules, she made us kneel on uncooked rice.

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My grandma had el tío Phil on speed-dial.

9. Easter Sunday morning: put on your best duds and celebrate like you didn’t just experience 40 days of light torture. Yay!

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Nothing like actively repressing your memories with nice outfits, candy, and an egg hunt.

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What kind of old school stuff did your parents do for religious holidays? Comment below and let us know!

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Jenny Solares Is One IG Creator Everyone Needs To Follow

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Jenny Solares Is One IG Creator Everyone Needs To Follow

A year in quarantine has led so many of us to doom scroll and get lost in social media. As a result, some people are getting more recognition and one person who should be getting your attention is Jenny Solares, or @es_jenny_solares on Instagram.

Jenny Solares is here with the relatable content we all want.

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The Guatemalan content creator knows what the people want to see. How many times have you heard someone say that they like a woman who can eat? Well, as Jenny urges, prove it, y’all. Take your lady out and get her all of the food that she wants. Let’s go!

Now, that’s how you add salsa to someone’s food. If you didn’t already think this way when adding salsa to your tacos, you definitely will now. It’s just impossible not to.

We also love seeing her collaborating with Estefania Saavedra, a fellow Latina creator. A rising tide lifts all boats so we appreciate seeing these Latinas working together.

Solares is even creating brand new identities.

Cholas will forever have a place in our hearts. We know cholas. We love cholas. We are related to cholas. Solares’ creation of the glola is truly a work of art. Just because you’re a chola doesn’t mean you can’t love glitter and colors.

She’s even got some of the Covid humor in check.

There are going to be so many school assignments about this year in the coming years. Kids will be learning about the time the world stood still as we battled an out-of-control virus. It is going to be us having to tell the little ones about that time and it’s going to be rough. Get ready to reliving everything we have been dealing with for the last year.

On top of all of the comedy, Solares is ready to show her fans some real love for their support.

“Thank you all for letting me be me. Thank you for appreciating my silliness, my craziness, my songs, my dances, my imperfections,” Solares tells her fans in a year-end video. “Thank you for letting me be myself. This year was full of so much sadness, uncertainty, frustration, and, for a lot of people, loneliness. Thank you all for not letting me feel that loneliness.”

Thank you, Jenny. Your comedy has been a bright spot for so many during an incredibly hard and sad year.

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People Are Hoping That Covid Will Give Them Up For Lent This Year

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People Are Hoping That Covid Will Give Them Up For Lent This Year

Covid has changed everything we know about the world for more than a year. As Lent approaches and people make plans to sacrifice to get closer to God, some are hoping Covid does the work instead. We have all given up so much this past year, what more can people sacrifice?

Lent is upon us, which means it is time to make that sacrifice.

Lent is a time when Catholics give something up for 40 days to get close to God. Lent is a six-week period leading up to Easter that is observed by Christians around the world, especially within the Catholic church. The run-up to Easter is a solemn religious practice that is in preparation for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Those who practice a more traditional or orthodox Lent give up meat, fish, eggs, and fats from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday. A lot of believers choose instead to give up one item of personal importance to show their devotion to their religion.

The tradition has been around for centuries and believers have been practicing Lent diligently. The sacrifices have evolved over the centuries to include give up social media, going to the gym, or watching TV to further devote their time to their religion.

This year, people are hoping that Covid will give them up for Lent.

How nice would it be if Covid just gave up the fight? After months of isolation, social distancing, and giving up so much, it would be nice if Covid did the work for Lent. It is not a hard argument to make that the past year of sacrificing could make up for Lent.

People are not willing to give up something they love after giving up so much.

People around the world have had to make major sacrifices for the betterment of mankind. Covid has forced people to give up seeing their family, friends, and attending major milestone events. So, with Lent upon us, people on Twitter are bargaining with their religion to justify living in quarantine during Lent.

People are really digging their heels in on not giving up anything for Lent.

There are so few things that bring people joy right now. Eating chocolate, drinking wine, or enjoying a little extra television might be the only things getting people through the pandemic right now. Some people are trying to find any other way to participate in Lent to make sure that they stick to their religion while staying happy.

For some people, there is just nothing left to give up for Lent.

It is a hard choice to make. Some schools are not giving students a Spring Break because of Covid and millions remain in some sort of restriction. It is still possible to participate in Lent without giving anything up. Like so many other religious things, you can partake in a different way to satisfy your religious needs.

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