February 25, 2020

Lenten Traditions

For many Christians in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Lenten season marks a time to fast and abstain from indulgent foods and activities. And for most, this means changes in diet and routine–at least on Fridays. While many will give up sweets and alcohol during the 40 days fast, most will abstain from meats on Fridays. These are the common Lenten traditions but what else are Christians and those who celebrate doing the season?

Take a look at these Lenten traditions.

Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday and Shrove Tuesday

Since the Lenten season is full of fasting and abstaining, many celebrate the day before Ash Wednesday with Mardi Gras which means “fat Tuesday.” Across the world, many will indulge in rich, fatty foods as they prepare for the start of the Easter season. 

Some individuals call the day Shrove Tuesday, as shrove means to obtain absolution for sins through Confession and penance. Different names, but the same rules apply. Want to learn more about Mardi Gras? Check out our blog post, Mardi Gras and the King Cake Tradition.

Traditionally, on Fat Tuesday, families would attempt to use up food in their homes which they must abstain from during the season such as meat, eggs, butter, and fish. In the modern world, fish has been deemed acceptable for the Lenten season. 

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday

Ash Wednesday marks the start of the Lenten season as many Catholics will begin the 40 days fast, giving up snacking and larger meals for one main meal and two smaller meals. 

For Christians over the age of 14, it will also make the abstention of eating meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays of the Lenten season. On those days, many will not eat lamb, chicken, beef, pork, ham, deer and most other meats. However, eggs, milk, fish, grains, and fruits and vegetables are all allowed. In recent years, pregnant women, the ill, the elderly and very young have been exempt from Lent rules of fasting.

Not only will those who participate give up meat on certain days, but they will also give up activity, food or item they enjoy for the season. 

The Easter Holiday – Conclusion of the Lenten Season

Around the world, the conclusion of the Lenten season is celebrated with different traditions. In America, many families will eat ham, potatoes, carrots, eggs, lamb, hot cross buns, and more. 

What Can I Eat During Lent?

Depending on your restrictions and how you celebrate will determine what you can eat. Luckily, when you dine at Grico’s we have an entire seafood menu suitable for your Lenten meals. We also have various pasta dishes to satisfy. 

Though many feel limited to dining in during the Lenten season, our full menu at Grico’s makes it easy to satisfy your fasting needs while enjoying a delicious meal. 

Reserve Your Friday Night Table at Grico’s This Lenten Season.

Picking out fish at the market or store is timely during your already busy week. Reserve your table at Grico’s to enjoy a seafood dinner that won’t leave you feeling guilty.

Be on the look-out this April for our Passover blog!

We look forward to serving you at all of our fine establishments:                                      

The Beaumont Inn;

The River Street Jazz Cafe;



Cork Bar & Restaurant;

Le Manhattan Bistro;

Fire and Ice