Cheesefare Week

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Cheesefare Week, also known as Butterweek, is the seven-day period immediately preceding Great Lent, somewhat comparable to the Roman Catholic tradition of Carnival. During the week, Orthodox Christians partake especially of foods that will soon be forbidden to them for the next eight weeks of Lent and Holy Week. These foods include all animal products (except meat, the fast from which begins the day before Cheesefare Week, Meatfare Sunday), including butter, eggs, cream, milk, cheese, and other dairy products. Also included are wine (all alcohol) and oil (or solely olive oil), which are only allowed on Saturdays and Sundays during Lent.

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