NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a season where some religious people give up something for a 40 day period.
According to catholic.org, Lent as a 40-day season developed in the fourth century from three merging sources.
During the Lenten season, many Christians commit to fasting, or "giving up" certain luxuries in order to replicate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ's journey into the desert for 40 days, according to Wikipedia.
These luxuries range from cutting off social media browsing, to giving up certain foods like chocolate or alcohol.
Lent by the numbers:
According to ChristianityToday.com, three in 10 Americans with evangelical beliefs (28%) say they observe Lent; of these, 42 percent typically fast from a favorite food or beverage while 71 percent typically attend church services.
Catholics remain the most likely to observe Lent (61%), with 2 out of 3 fasting from a favorite food or beverage (64%), according to the report.
The article said most American observers fast from a favorite food or beverage (57%) vs. a bad habit (35%) or a favorite activity (23%).
Click through our slideshow to see what the most popular things to give up for Lent are in 2018, according to Twitter's Lent tracker.