Orthodox Christian Food Traditions
By Sam Peacock (yes, there is food tradition for Christians)
Lent and Mardi Gras
Lent is the largest fast in the christian calendar, stretching for forty days, from Ash Wednesday to the day before Easter sunday. During this time, Orthodox Christians strive to fast from animal, grape, and olive products to recreate the forty day fasts of Jesus Christ. At the very least, a Christian will fast from meat on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Mardi Gras ("fat tuesday") is the day before lent begins, which is usually a feast to use up all stores of butter, lard, grapes, olives, and other products. Traditionally, to prepare for lent, make pancakes to use up their fats (butter, milk, lard) this has culminated in many different traditions, such as United Kingdom pancake races.
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