Can you eat eggs on Friday during Lent?

LENT is the most important festival in the Christian calendar – a time of preparation for the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The 40 days of fasting and prayer leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday comprise Lent. But there are traditional and strict rules for the more religious of us out there.

Nowadays you can eat eggs on Fridays during Lent - but it has not always been this way

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Nowadays you can eat eggs on Fridays during Lent – but it has not always been this wayCredit: Getty

Can you eat eggs on Friday during Lent?

Yes. Nowadays you can eat eggs on Fridays during Lent – but it has not always been this way.

Back in the days, fasting for Lent meant also going vegan.

As Christianity spread through Western Europe from the fifth through 12th centuries, the observance of Lent did as well.

A few Lenten days were “black,” or total, fast days. But daily fasting came gradually to be moderated during most of Lent.

By the end of the Middle Ages a meal was often permitted at noon.

Also, bishops and theologians specialising in church law specified restrictions on the kinds of acceptable food: no meat or meat products, dairy or eggs could be consumed at all during Lent, even on Sundays.

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The idea was to avoid self-indulgence at this time of repentance for one’s sins. Marriage, a joyous ritual, was also prohibited during the Lenten season.

Today, Catholics and some other Christians still abstain from eating meat on the Fridays of Lent, and eat only one meal, with two smaller snacks permitted, or two days of complete fasting.

Lent is a key period in the Christian calendar
Lent is a key period in the Christian calendar

In addition, they also engage in the practice of “giving up something” during Lent.

Often this is a favorite food or drink, or another pleasurable activity, like smoking or watching television.

When can you eat during Lent?

On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, Catholics fast, meaning they eat less than usual.

Most adults give up snacking and generally eat only one main meal and two smaller meals during the day.

Also, on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays during Lent, adult Catholics over the age of 14 abstain from eating meat. 

During these days, it is not acceptable to eat lamb, chicken, beef, pork, ham, deer and most other meats.

However, eggs, milk, fish, grains, and fruits and vegetables are all allowed.

How long does Lent last?

Lent is the 40 days following Ash Wednesday, and it’s a time for fasting, prayer, and contemplation.

The 40 days is a time to prepare for Easter and represents the time Jesus spent in the desert, praying and resisting the temptation of Satan.

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Modern Catholics celebrate this time of year by surrendering something for 40 days, praying, attending mass and following special rules for food.

Food fans mark Fat Thursday by posting pics of their junk food binge before Lent


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