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2015-02-16

Cheese Fare Week has started for orthodox Christians


Cheese Fare Week precedes Lenten Fast.

Cheese Fare Week has started for orthodox Christians

The week from the 16th till the 22d of February is called the Cheese Fare Week. The date is usually connected with the Lenten Fast as it is the week that precedes the greatest orthodox fasting. In its turn, the Lenten Fast is connected with the date of Easter celebration.

There is a common opinion that Cheese Fare Week is a holiday that is more pagan than Christian. But it is not true. This week is a preparation week for the orthodox fasting and is devoted to forgiveness of the people that hurt you, to friendly communication, to reconciliation with your loved ones and preparation to the penitential way to God this is the Christian part of the Cheese Fare Week, according to the press office of Yoshkar-Ola eparchy.

During the last week before the fasting its still allowed to eat fish but not meat, you can also eat dairy products, butter, eggs. On Wednesday and Friday the fasting is cancelled. In churches and cathedral Lenten Fast services are held. On Wednesday and Friday Communion Service is not held, Lenten Fast prayer of Efrem Sirin is recited.




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