Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Cutting Lent


photo taken in 2009; haiku written 2010

Lent is a period of abstinence spaning forty week days, starting the day after Carnival Tuesday. The start of the season is called Ash Wednesday, many christian devotees, particularly of the Catholic persuasion, on this day receive ashes drawn on the forehead as a sign of willingness to observe this penitence.
Children being the creative creatures that they are, find their own way of including themselves into the season; as a child at primary school (i attended the Chaguanas Government Primary School ) we did what was called 'cutting lent' this involved making a bet to stop doing some specefic thing, and included the vigilance of friends; when the decision to abstain from a particular act was declared, participants offered their pinkies (littlest finger) which was locked with someone also involved in the bet; then the fingers were pulled apart; this meant the bet was cut.
After that act, during the period of Lent if anyone was caught doing was offered up in the abtinence bet, eg eating icecream, or sweets; whatever was given up; then that person was in for a good slap with the reminder in one word LENT.
I'm sure there must have been other ways of cutting lent in other schools or in other areas, but thats how we did it at 'my school'


cutting lent
we crossed fingers
school days
--gillena cox

10 comments:

Devika said...

Very interesting haiga, and note Gillena :)

I am not familiar with Lent as you say among my Indian friends..they just called fasting :)

The little Gillena here took me back to my schools days and the bets we had :))

wishes,
devika

Devika said...

I forgot to say...what an apt picture for the words....lovely :)

wishes,
devika

Lorraine said...

Words and photos, priceless ;)

Lorena said...

lovely poem. Too bad the banking industry isn't run this way!

sakuo said...

Gillena san、
Cutting finger that remind me my old days.

Thank you for sharing.

sakuo

Bill said...

Quick, now: What's the difference between fast and abstinence?

Gillena Cox said...

when we fast we allow ourselves to go hungry for a particular period be it ten hours or twelve hours or ten day etc, when we abstain we give up something be it eating meat of going to the movies etc

much love
gillena

Magyar said...

the young
making their commitment
a light

Best wishes, Gillena! _m

RBroeker said...

Good one. The picture symbolizes hope and youth - and shows crossed fingers.

Best wishes
Ralf

Gillena Cox said...

thanks for dropping in

much love
gillena