The History of Lent Lent was officially created during the Council of Nicaea in 325 C.E., a first-of-its kind gathering of representatives from all the major Christian sects. Originally, the rules around Lent were very strict. Those observing it were only allowed to eat one meal a day, and only in the evening. Meat, fish and animal products were off limits. But by the 1400s, Christians were allowed to eat by noon. Eventually, other foods (like fish) were allowed and in 1966, the Roman Catholic Church restricted fast days only to Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. … [Read more...] about What Is Lent, and Why Do Christians Give Up Something for It?