On 4 June, the Christians of the Eastern rite begins the fast of the apostles, which will last until July 11. The duration of fasting depends on the celebration of Easter and can range from eight to 42 days. In 2018, the fast of the apostles will last 38 days. Apostles ‘ fast – the popular name, in the Church language it is called Apostolic since its end falls on the feast of two saints of the faithful apostles Peter and Paul.
Petrov post – one of four multi-day posts, the duration of which varies from year to year. This is due to the fact that it begins one week after Trinity, and ends always on the same day – July 11, before the feast of the apostles.
What you can and can’t eat in the fast of the apostles
The post is considered lax. At this time, the believers refuse to take food of animal origin (dairy products, meat and eggs), and some days and fish.
Monday allowed to hot food without oil, such as vegetable porridge (buckwheat, rice, barley, oats).
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday you are allowed any diet food with vegetable oil, and fish.
On Wednesday and Friday it is necessary to observe a strict fast (xerophagy). At this time many of the faithful eat only bread and water. On the feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist (July 7) in the menu allowed some relief, in particular fish is allowed.
Sunday also allowed diet food with the addition of vegetable oils, fish and to drink wine.
What not to do in the fast of the apostles
During lent it is impossible to marry the newlyweds, and also to baptize children.
At this time it is impossible to do crafts because it is believed that in this way you can sew your happiness and well-being. You can’t give money in debt and get a haircut – the hair will be rare.