Holy Week is a date that invites the tranquility and reflection, but it carries with it the old tradition of eating fish and shellfish, as a way of symbolizing the pain that Christ’s death means. Although, today, it is more of a personal choice than an obligation.
According to Catholic tradition should not eat meat on the first Friday of Lent or on Ash Wednesday. However, the Orthodox also carry out this custom on the Fridays leading up to Holy Week (known as Vigil Fridays).
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and comes when Carnival ends. Are the 40 days of preparation before the feast of Easter. It would be a period of repentance in order to improve and thus live closer to Christ.
Also, these days Catholics remember the 40 days that Jesus lived in the desert. «Meat was considered a luxury product, then the Christians wanted to pay homage to the messiah by calling for the austerity, by not consuming this food to monitor it «, explains Father Andrés Ariztía, chaplain of the Las Rosas Foundation.
Meat in general, and the red one in particular, is associated with celebrations and feasts. But, for the Catholic Church, Good Friday, despite being a holiday marked on the calendar, is not a celebration but a commemoration of the sacrifice of Jesus. For its part, fish is not associated with any celebration.
However, as it is not included in the Bible it would become a free option on the part of the believer and not an obligation. Although, according to the Code of Canon Law of 1983, every Friday of the year and the period of Lent are days of penance throughout the Church. These days it is argued that abstinence from meat or other foods should occur on Fridays throughout the year.