The Advent Fast

For most Orthodox Christians (especially the Oriental Orthodox) it remains a fasting (that is, Lenten) time since the Feast of the Nativity celebrated in the West on December 25 is not generally followed in the East. So when guests visited for dinner on New Year’s Day, they were offered “fasting food”, although very good fasting food! Two traditional Armenian dishes were served: prune and chickpea soup, followed by baked apples stuffed with a mixture of several different types of mushrooms, rice, herbs and spices.
advent food
The Feast of The Nativity According to the Flesh of Our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ is celebrated in most Orthodox Churches on January 7 (according to the current civil calendar). A fast of forty days precedes the feast, with special preparatory days announcing the approaching birth of the Saviour.

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