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Àm traisg or trasgaidh: Time of the Fasting:
Meat, cheese, butter, eggs and fat are not eaten during Lent. A person gives up something they enjoy for the Lenten season. Egg white divining is done in a cup of water. The yolks from the eggs are saved to make bannoch bread in Scotland and Ireland. Nut-burning is also done. fasgnadh, fasgnaim: I purge
Pretzels are a Lenten food in Germany and Austria, made without fat, that is made to look like arms crossed in prayer. Monks in the fifth century gave them to the poor.( 2, 5, 8)

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