What dietary restrictions exist during Lent

48 days before the bright holiday of Easter, the church establishes a strict fast, which is also called Great.

During this period, believers do not eat certain foods:

  • meat products in any form (in particular, sausages, sausages, lard, bacon, etc.);

  • chicken, beef, pork broth;

  • milk and dairy products - cheeses, butter, yogurt;

  • eggs;

  • pasta and pastries that contain eggs, dairy products;

  • alcoholic beverages (soft and weak);

  • sweets with dairy products or eggs in the composition;

  • fast food (crackers, hamburgers, chips).

On most days of Great Lent, it is forbidden to even eat fish.

However, on some holidays these prohibitions are relaxed.

Annunciation: what is allowed to eat

Fasting is not canceled completely during the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Therefore, eggs, dairy and meat products are still prohibited.

However, certain relaxations in honor of the great church holiday are still established.

Yes, on this day it is allowed to eat fish, stewed and boiled food with the addition of oil, drink a small amount of red wine.


can be eaten on the Annunciation


  • greens (parsley, dill, cilantro, lettuce);

  • vegetables (carrots, potatoes, beets, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, etc.);

  • mushrooms (mushrooms, champignons, etc.);

  • algae;

  • legumes (chickpeas, peas, beans);

  • lean bread (for example, grain or capital bread), pita bread, bread;

  • cereals (buckwheat, rice, quinoa, bulgur);

  • berries and fruits;

  • flour (corn, coarse wheat, rice);

  • nuts;

  • dried fruits;

  • seed;

  • some sweets (honey, oatmeal cookies, marshmallows, dark chocolate, halva);

  • lean dressings and sauces;

  • oil;

  • drinks (compote, tea, brew).

These rules apply to the Annunciation every year when the feast falls on the period of Great Lent.

The only exception is if the holiday falls on Holy Week, then it is forbidden to eat fish.

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