With Easter around the corner and this being the season of LENT, I would like to know what the basis of this is. I was raised catholic and was told I had to give up something for these 40 days. Is this something that is based on scripture or is it a way of us trying to please God? I'm not giving anything up for LENT, though to some that may sound rather heathen. I've also heard that the roots of this involve some ancient pagan practices, is there any truth to this?