Even so, Lenten practices are properly maintained up to the Easter Vigil, excluding Sundays, as before. Why are Sundays excluded from the reckoning of the forty days? Because Sunday is the day on which Christ arose, making it an inappropriate day to fast and mourn our sins.
The carnival celebrations which in many cultures traditionally precede Lent are seen as a last opportunity for excess before Lent begins. Sometimes, it is the peak of the pre-Lenten festival, while sometimes it is largely occupied with preparations for Lent.
The observances vary from culture to culture, and even from town to town. For Catholics, it was meant to be a day of remembrance of the dead ones. However, zakara which means "remembrance", in Arabic was gradually replaced by sakara meaning "getting drunk" in ArabicGood friday and lent so the occasion came to be known as Khamis el sakarawherein celebrants indulge themselves with alcoholic beverages.
Fasting and abstinence[ edit ] Further information: Christian dietary laws Fasting during Lent was more prominent in ancient times than today.
Socrates Scholasticus reports that in some places, all animal products were strictly forbidden, while various others permitted fish, or fish and fowl, others prohibited fruit and eggs, and still others permitted only bread. In many places, the observant abstained from food for a whole day until the evening, and at sunset, Western Christians traditionally broke the Lenten fast, which was often known as the Black Fast.
In addition, a smaller meal, called a collationwas allowed in the evening, and a cup of some beverage, accompanied by a little bread, in the morning.
In practice, this obligation, which was a matter of custom rather than of written law, was not observed strictly. The Lenten fast ended on Holy Saturday at noon. Only those aged 21 to 59 were obliged to fast. As with all merely ecclesiastical laws, particular difficulties, such as strenuous work or illness, excused one from observance, and a dispensation from the law could be granted by a bishop or parish priest.
In addition to fasting, abstinence from meat was to be observed on Ash Wednesday and on Fridays and Saturdays in Lent. Rather portions were to be: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and allowed episcopal conferences to "substitute abstinence and fast wholly or in part with other forms of penitence and especially works of charity and the exercises of piety".
Refrain from eating meat bloody foods on all Fridays in Lent, substituting fish for example. Eliminate a food or food group for the entire season. Especially consider saving rich and fatty foods for Easter.
Consider not eating before receiving Communion in Lent. Abstain from or limit a favorite activity television, movies, etc. There is a strong biblical base for fasting, particularly during the 40 days of Lent leading to the celebration of Easter. Jesus, as part of his spiritual preparation, went into the wilderness and fasted 40 days and 40 nights, according to the Gospels.
Jacqui King, the minister of Nu Faith Community United Methodist Church in Houston explained the philosophy of fasting during Lent as "I'm not skipping a meal because in place of that meal I'm actually dining with God". I invite you, therefore, in the name of Christ, to observe a Holy Lent, by self-examination and penitence, by prayer and fasting, by practicing works of love, and by reading and reflecting on God's Holy Word.
In favour of the traditional practice, observed both in East and West, Thomas Aquinas argued that "they afford greater pleasure as food [than fish], and greater nourishment to the human body, so that from their consumption there results a greater surplus available for seminal matter, which when abundant becomes a great incentive to lust.
In Spain, the bull of the Holy Crusade renewed periodically after allowed the consumption of dairy products  and eggs during Lent in exchange for a contribution to the cause of the crusade.
Giraldus Cambrensisin his Itinerary of Archbishop Baldwin through Wales, reports that "in Germany and the arctic regions", "great and religious persons" eat the tail of beavers as "fish" because of its superficial resemblance to "both the taste and colour of fish".
The animal was very abundant in Wales at the time. In the tradition of this part of the Catholic Church, abstinence from eating some form of food generally meat, but not dairy or fish products is distinguished from fasting.The Celebration of Christ’s Passion.
This service, which is normally celebrated in the afternoon, is a continuation of the Maundy Thursday liturgy and hence begins in .
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Lent (Quadragesima), the season of preparation, repentance, discipline, and devotional practices. The season of being real with yourself, others, and God. Good Friday is the day on which Catholics commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Catholics are joined by almost all other Christians in solemn commemoration on this day. The law of abstinence requires a Catholic 14 years of age until death to abstain from eating meat on Fridays in honor of the Passion of Jesus on Good Friday.
Meat is considered to be the flesh and organs of mammals and fowl. Every person 14 years of age or older must abstain from meat (and items made with meat) on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent.
Every person between the age of 18 and 59 (beginning of 60th year) must fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.