Orthodox Lent: March 18 to May 4, 2024.

Preparation for Easter through abstinence, prayer, and fasting.

Commemorates Jesus' 40-day fast in the desert.

Early Christians fasted on Wednesdays and Fridays till mid-afternoon.

Lent extended across Western Europe from 6th-12th centuries.

No meat, dairy, eggs, or indulgences during Lent.

Lent Fridays include meat abstinence, limited meals, and fasting.