Why Do People Eat Seafood During Lent? - Boxhill Crabcakes


Why Do People Eat Seafood During Lent?

Learn why people eat a lot of seafood during the Lenten season.

Learn why people eat a lot of seafood during the Lenten season.

Lent is a religious tradition observed during the 40 days before Easter and is a very important time of year for many Christians. For over half of the people that observe Lent, it includes a religious fast, which is a strict form of diet rather than abstaining from all food. On every Friday during the Lenten season, meat is restricted from diets, but seafood is allowed. Continue reading to learn why seafood is so popular during the Lenten season.

Why Is Fish Not Considered Meat?

Vegetarians typically avoid fish and other seafood in their diets, as they avoid eating the flesh of any animal. However, fish is not considered meat during the Lenten season, as it has been a staple in Christian diets for centuries. Biblically, the flesh of fish is separated from the flesh of man, beast, and bird, so it has always been a significant part of Lent to include fish in meals during the fast. Explanations differ for why fish isn’t considered meat, but the most common reasoning is that it has- and will likely always be- an important part of the religious period.

History Of Lent

The Lenten diet involves food that an average person during the Roman period could find- which mainly includes fish and vegetables. Meat is the only food omitted from the diet as it was considered a food for the rich and upper class. Lent is a time to recognize the sacrifice and to eat as the poor would, which is why those who observe abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and every Friday during the Lenten season.

Box Hill For Meatless Fridays

At Box Hill, you can find all types of seafood menu items, so it is the perfect place to go during the Lenten season! Visit our restaurant for daily seafood specials for fried or broiled fish, fried shrimp, and of course, our world-famous crab cakes. Also, if you’re planning on eating Box Hill crab cakes for Easter, be sure to order within the next few weeks to ensure they arrive on time!

It’s Always the Right Time for Box Hill

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