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ROC against unbridled fun on Pancake Day

February 27 2006

Russian Orthodox Church warns of unbridled fun of those who are going to vigorously celebrate this holiday - Carnival.
"What is popularly called a carnival in the Church calendar is called" Cheese Week "(week) before Lent," - deputy chairman of the Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin.

He stressed that the carnival for the faithful - it is time for repentance, when the temples are beginning to make a strict Lenten service.
Chaplin said that all would like to encourage to come to church these days, especially on Forgiveness Sunday (March 5) will be performed when the rank of forgiveness with which the Church enters into Lent.

"Of course, carnival - a time when traditionally people come to visit, socialize during meals. But do not destroy ourselves or hazardous drinking games at no time, especially during this penitential week, preparing people for the Lent", - stressed Chaplin.

Recall that the celebration of Carnival will run until March 5. In the folk calendar week of Carnival shares for two seasons - winter and vesnu.Na Pancake Day already can not eat meat foods, but can still be dairy products and fish. However, the main dish of dandelion is known, pancakes, which are baked every day from Monday to Sunday. Farewell to the Carnival takes place on the first day of Lent - Clean Monday.

See also: Wide Pancake: pagan forerunner of spring

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