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Okay today is fat Tuesday and the day those of us who honor lent eat fat, or pig out before we begin our 40 day fast.
I look forward to this fast every year, its a great tradition.
My question, for those of you who fast for lent what is the fat food you plan on eating before you fast for the next 40 days?
Me, I don't know yet...
Oh lord. I'd die if I didn't eat for four days.
Its forty days and you sacrifice or give up certain foods you normally enjoy that will serve as a feeling of sacrifice during the time of lent, the 40 day period before Easter.
I'm giving up all foods other than raw fruits and vegetables!
Great to hear from you WryLilt,
wow Katie, good for you! I thought this may be about donning our Mardi Gras masks and throwing on our beads and eating paczki's.
How do you decide which foods give up on.( are drinks included as well?) Beer and wine etc.
Think I might manage a month on beer, wine and Fish n chips.
During Lent, the 40 days leading into Holy Week and Easter and a time of prayer and contemplation for many Christians, it is traditional to give up something for the duration of Lent, as a reminder of Jesus' sacrifice.
Fat Tuesday is so called because often cooking oil, lard, butter, etc., (fat) was given up for Lent. The Tuesday before Ash Wednesday would be the day when a feast with cakes, and fried foods, etc., would be eaten to use up all the fat in the house (as katiemem pointed out).
No-one was actually expected to fast for the 40 days and nights, but simply to give something up to commemorate that period.
Nowadays, many choose to give up a favorite food or activity for Lent - anything will do as long as it is meaningful and something you will miss.
Interestingly, the Sundays during this time are not counted as part of Lent - they are a kind of mini-holiday at the end of each week.
The movie "Chocolate" addresses lent at a much deeper level. The character development and motives of each of the characters is quite fascinating.
Fat Tuesday is all chocolate for me.
Other than that, I don't pay much attention to lent.
It is called Shrove Tuesday here. The tradition was to use up the foods that people gave up for Lent by making pancakes, which led to Shrove Tuesday also being called Pancake day. Less people give up things for Lent now but lots still eat pancakes on Pancake day Shrove Tuesday.
by ptosis7 years ago
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by Brooke.Crawford3 years ago
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