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These include milk, eggs, sugar and fat, which were used to make pancakes so as to avoid them going to waste. Alcohol: Another popular suggestion. Social media: Glued to your phone? There are eight degrees of fasting in the Eastern Orthodox Church: While the length of Western Advent (pre-Christmas season) may vary depending on what day of the week Christmas falls on, the Nativity Fast in Eastern Christianity is always observed from November 15 to December 24 on the Julian calendar, or from November 28 to January 6 on the Gregorian calendar. Christians around the world will again be celebrating Lent from February to April this year. These crosses symbolise repentance for sin and are made from palm crosses from the previous year’s Palm Sunday which are burned for Ash Wednesday. Works offline. 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With Pancake Day over Lent has now begun. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday with the day before - Shrove Tuesday (aka Pancake Day) - being a time when people across Europe have used up foods which have been traditionally forbidden during Lent. 3. Beginning of the Nativity Fast in the Eastern Orthodox Church Date in the current year: November 28, 2020 The Nativity Fast is one of the two longest fasts in the Eastern Orthodox Church, the other one being Great Lent (both last forty days). By continuing to use our site you are giving your consent for us to use cookies. On the morning of that Sunday, at the Divine Liturgy, we hear the words of Christ: “If you forgive men their… It is basically a sincere religious observance in the Christian calendar that starts on Ash Wednesday and comes to an end after six weeks. Not only is it a good challenge there are several health benefits too including better sleep, no hangovers, improved skin and reducing the risk of heart and liver problems. During the Nativity Fast, people are supposed to abstain from all kinds of meat and meat products, dairy products, and eggs at all times. Troparions/Kontakions text. It lasts for 40 days in the run up to Easter (which this year falls on April 12) and symbolises the last few weeks before Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection which included 40 days and nights alone in the Judean Desert where he was tempted by Satan. Our. Fasting is an important spiritual discipline for Eastern Orthodox Christians, which is seen as purification and the regaining of innocence. Mum-of-eight Sarah Barber also struggles and has lost three stone after having to limit her own meals to feed to her kids. In the liturgical season Lent ends two days earlier on Maundy Thursday, while for Eastern churches it ends on the Friday before Palm Sunday (the Sunday before Easter). Fish, oil and wine are prohibited on some days; it is permitted to consume oil and wine on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and fish, oil and wine on Saturdays, Sundays and certain feast days. From the meaning behind the day, to the various start and finishing dates, here’s everything you need to know about Lent and its various traditions. 2nd Sunday of Lent March 15, 2020 March 28, 2021 March 20, 2022 Sunday of the Holy Cross. Shrove Tuesday - more commonly known as Pancake Day - is on February 25 this year.