Monday, 3 March 2014

Great Lent

Dame Lent: Seven feet for seven weeks of fasting , and no mouth to keep food out!

The Great Fast or Lent is the period of preparation leading up to Holy Week and Pascha. 
Observance of Great Lent is characterized by abstention from many foods, intensified private and public prayer, personal improvement, and almsgiving. The foods traditionally abstained from are meat and dairy products, fish, wine and oil. Since strict fasting is canonically forbidden on the Sabbath and the Lord's Day, wine and oil are permitted on Saturdays and Sundays. If the Feast of the Annunciation falls during Great Lent, then fish, wine and oil are permitted on that day.

However, in our household we only manage to abstain from meat during the Great Lent. We do eat dairy but we abstain from it on Wednesday and Friday. 

Today is "Clean Monday" , the beginning of fasting.
 Here is what we had for breakfast/lunch/dinner

"lagana" bread

fried aubergines, black eyed peas 

homemade olives in brine with oregano and vine leaves stuffed with rice

octopus in wine, fresh garlic and onion

Halva with sesame

We did not fly a kite, as it was raining


Happy Lent and let us welcome the Resurraction with our families and friends.

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