Lent is a season of 40 days, not counting Sundays, and this year’s Lenten season begins on March 6th (Ash Wednesday) and ends on April 18th (Holy Thursday.) During this time, Catholics abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent. However, seafood and fish are allowed, so you may see restaurants advertise their seafood or non-meat menu items more than usual. Box Hill always serves the freshest seafood, and our world-famous crab cakes can be ordered online and shipped right to your door for the perfect Friday meal!
What is Lent?
Lent is a time of repentance, fasting, and preparation for the Easter holiday. In the Catholic religion, it is a time for self-examination and reflection, and to give up something or to give back to others by donating money, goods, or acts of charity.
There are a few important days during Lent, starting with Ash Wednesday. This day marks the start of Lent and is an obligatory day of fasting (ages 18-59) and abstinence from meat (ages 14+.) Fasting doesn’t necessarily mean eating no food, but rather eating less than normal. For example, it’s acceptable to eat one normal, full-sized meal, or two smaller meals. On all Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence from meat, but once again, seafood is allowed. On Easter Sunday, Lent has ended, and it is time for celebration and to feast.
Why No Meat?
Meatless Fridays are an important part of Lent, but you may be curious as to why meat is banned. Meat was singled out because it is associated with celebrations and feasts, as most holidays revolve around a meat entree. Friday is seen as a day to commemorate the Passion and death of Jesus, and it was thought that a day devoted to remembering Christ shouldn’t be a day to feast. As for seafood, fish never had the same status as the flesh or mammals or birds and isn’t typically associated with celebrations, so it is not an obligation to abstain from fish.
Order Box Hill For Lent
Box Hill specializes in all types of seafood menu items, so you can find anything your heart desires during the Lenten season! Come into the restaurant for daily specials such as Southern Fried Flounder Tenders or a Broiled Seafood Platter, or order classic meals such as Rockfish, Fried Shrimp, or our world-famous crab cakes. Even better- order crab cakes to be shipped right to your home, so you can enjoy them whenever you’d like!
It’s Always the Right Time for Box Hill
We are located in Abingdon, Maryland, and our crab cakes are available year-round! If you ever have any questions or comments about Box Hill or our Maryland crab cakes, use our contact form here.
Box Hill Crab Cakes is your source for the freshest, most authentic Maryland crab cakes—and we’ll ship them to your door! Our top-secret family recipe has been fine-tuned for decades, and we guarantee you will love them. Visit us online to place your order or give us a call at 410-515-3662. Want to get recipe ideas, updates, and information on sales? Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Trip Advisor, YouTube, and Twitter.