04/19/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated Feb 22, 2012

Can You Eat Meat On Ash Wednesday?

If one is observing Ash Wednesday, the answer is no.

Ash Wednesday, observed forty days (not counting Sundays) before Easter, and one day after Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday (the end of Carnival or Mardi Gras season), marks the beginning of Lent. The Catholic law of abstinence dictates that Catholics aged 14 and older refrain from meat on Fridays altogether, and on Ash Wednesday.

Additionally, Catholics aged 18 to 59 should fast on both Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, defined by the Roman Catholic church as consuming only one full meal, or two smaller meals.

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