"both the lenten and the other fare"
Russian icon of Christ the Pantocrator
Public DomainRussian icon of Christ the Pantocrator


 Both the Orthodox and the Western churches observe Lent, a forty-day fast preceding Easter. In the Orthodox tradition this is known as Great Lent to distinguish it from other fasts. Dietary restrictions are observed, which forbid meat, fish and dairy products: essentially a vegan diet is observed during this time. Dancing, alcohol, and sex are also off limits. However, not everyone would observe Lent, so two kinds of food are on offer at this banquet.