The Easter this year will take place between 6 and 9 April, although religious customs began earlier with the lentmoment in which the religious limit their habits to honor Jesus.
The celebration encompasses Fourty days and extends from the Ash Wednesdayon February 22, until easter sunday, April 9th. During this time believers prepare to commemorate the work, death and resurrection of Christ.
According to the Catholic religion, the lent represents the time that Jesus spent in the judean desert without food and drink, preparing for his ministry. Therefore, it is a moment where the abstinence equals the reflection and purification of sins.
At that time the believers make several changes in your lifestyle, from not having sex, to being in a constant state of reflection and prayer. Also, they perform modifications in your dietpracticing the fast and the substitution of red meat for fish and shellfish.
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Why don’t you eat meat at Easter?
There are different religious beliefs for which people fast and stop eating red meat during Easter and Lent. One of them maintains that meat is associated with lustso abstinence has a meaning of penance and purification.
Another historical explanation holds that not eating these foods represents the sacrifice that Jesus made during the 40 days that triggered in his Resurrection. In this way, his figure is honored and venerated.
There are also versions that say that the red meat is associated with sinalthough some archbishops have declared that it is not, so that in times of festivities, of approach to Godthey should not be consumed.
An option that appears as a substitute for the red meat are the shellfish and white meat. While the former come from warm-blooded terrestrial animals, linked to the mundane, the latter are considered cold-blooded, coming from air or aquatic animals, so ingesting them does not imply lust or sin.
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What days do you not eat meat at Easter?
Although there are some believers who do not eat meat during all of Lent, the days that most Catholics avoid this food are:
- Ash Wednesday
- Every Friday of Lent
- Holy Thursday
- Holy Friday
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