In conformity with the calendar of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Lent starts on February 7. It will continue to the Easter, which is fixed for March 27 this year, AAC Ararat Diocese reports to ARMINFO.
Forty days of Lent symbolize the 40 days Jesus Christ spent in the desert praying. On March 2, in the middle of Lent, traditional “gata” (“cake”) is baked and coins are put in it. According to beliefs, who finds the coin in “gata” he will be successful. Wedding and offering ceremonies are banned in the period of Lent. However, Catholicos of All Armenian Vazgen I allowed wedding at Armenian churches on Saturdays and Sunday during Lent, excepting the days of Holy Week (March 20-27).