In Germany, Ash Wednesday begins Lent. The Germans would most likely alcohol and avoid sweets, more than 70 percent of those surveyed said this. This emerges from a Forsa survey commissioned by the health insurance company DAK-Gesundheit. Around half of those surveyed would not eat meat and would give up smoking. 42 percent would not watch television and a good quarter would forego their smartphone and internet and leave their car behind.

Traditionally, the 40-day period begins on Ash Wednesday Christian Lent, which lasts until Easter. Sundays are not officially considered days of fasting. This has been the case since the fifth century Fast for Christian preparation for Easter.

Fasting is particularly important trendy for young people. According to the survey, around three quarters of people under 30 think it makes sense to consciously avoid luxury foods and consumption. Every second German has fasted for several weeks. At the same time, fasting is out of the question for one in five people, according to the Forsa survey. The older the respondents get, the less they can imagine fasting.

For the representative survey, 1,005 people aged 18 and over were surveyed online at the beginning of February 2024.