Orthodox Christians begin the Advent
Today all Orthodox Christians begin the Advent, which by 40 days forestalls the Christmas holidays and also called the Philip Advent because it begins immediately after November 27 – The Day of Apostle Philip.
The rules of abstention, prescribed by the Russian Christian Church for the Advent are as severe as the rules of the Peter’s fast. During 40 days the believers mustn’t eat meat, butter, milk, eggs and cheese. Fish, wine and anointing oil are prohibited on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. At the same time the Advent is less severe than the Lent and its rules permit the believers to have meal with the usage of vegetable oil on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and fish is also permitted on Saturday and Sunday.
It is used to consider according to the Christian tradition that the struggle with sins through abstention is the base of the Advent but it means the abstention and not the physical exhaustion. Some people begin to follow the Advent rules without any measure, thus undermining their health, so before starting the Advent one has to consult with either a doctor or with the experienced confessor.