The Assumption Fast refers to the four main multi-day posts in the Orthodox calendar. It is also one of the shortest and, therefore, relatively easy for believers, since it lasts only two weeks. It is believed that the Uspensky Post, despite the fact that it takes place in August, we open a galaxy of autumn Orthodox holidays and the beginning of the new year according to the church calendar. About when the Uspensky Post begins in 2016, as well as its traditions and limitations, and will be discussed further.

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What begins and ends a Dormition fast

Unlike lent, the beginning and the end of which is tied to the date of the celebration of Easter, changing from year to year, the Dormition fast is always held at the same time. What begins and ends a Dormition fast? Specifically, lent starts on 14 August on the feast of the Origin of honest trees Holy cross. In people, this day is often simply called Honey Spas. Ends the period of fasting the 27th of August, on the eve of another Orthodox feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos celebrated on August 28. For lent also falls the date of another important Orthodox holiday of Transfiguration, which is popularly known as Apple Spas.

The meaning and tradition of the Dormition fast

People far from the Christian faith, it may seem odd to hold fast with the subsequent celebration of the Dormition of the virgin. How can you rejoice in the death and even to dedicate an entire post? But the clergy in this case, explain that the assumption is not death in the usual layman understanding. To better understand the meaning and traditions of the Dormition fast it is worth noting that in translation from the old "assumption" means "sleep". Therefore it is rather a transition from one world to another, which is not accompanied by bodily and spiritual suffering, and is the blessed end of worldly life and the beginning of a higher spiritual existence. According to legend, the blessed virgin Mary in advance know the date of your departure to the other world. And though her worldly life was filled with unwavering faith, spirituality and benefactor, the last few days allotted to her by the Lord God on earth, she spent in diligent prayer and good deeds.

The meaning of the Uspensky Post is that every layman can repeat the difficult spiritual path of the Mother of God and dedicate his body and soul to the creation of good deeds. Therefore, for this, during the Assumption Fast, believers, following tradition, abandon many worldly goods, including strict restrictions on food. In addition, at this time it is not allowed to swear, use alcohol, quarrel, commit adultery.

What can I eat during the Dormition fast?

The Dormition Post on food restrictions is considered as difficult as Lent, with the only difference that it lasts much less. What you can eat during the Assumption fast? If you talk more about the diet at this time, then all the days of the week have their own list of products allowed to eat. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday you can eat only food of vegetable origin, which did not give in to heat treatment - vegetables, fruits, nuts, salt mushrooms. On Tuesday and Thursday you can eat boiled food, but without adding oil. Basically it's cereals and soups. Accordingly, on Saturday and Sunday it is allowed to eat boiled with vegetable oil. Meat and dairy products, as well as fish and eggs during the fasting can not. The only exception is the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, during which the Orthodox are allowed to eat fish and some seafood.

Is it possible to get married during the Dormition fast?

In Russia, the Uspensky Savior was the "predecessor" of the beginning of the wedding season. Consequently, the conduct of wedding ceremonies between August 14 and 27 was banned. This time it was necessary to devote to spiritual growth and bodily limitations, which are conducive to it, and not the fun and gluttony that accompanies weddings. And if you think about the deep meaning of the post dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin, it becomes clear that starting a family life and playing a wedding at this time is better not worth it. And today, in spite of the fact that many Orthodox do not strictly adhere to the Assumption Post, the church does not approve the conclusion of marriages these days. Therefore, for deep believing people, the question of whether it is possible to play a wedding during the Assumption fast does not arise.