Fasting Days

There are approximately 160 fasting days prescribed by the Armenian Apostolic Church.

Fasting days are classified as follows:

1) Daily fast – Wednesdays and Fridays. However, there is a dispensation from fasting during the forty days after Easter (until Ascension) and during the octave of the Theophany (January 6-13).

2) Great Lent (the 7 weeks preceding Easter): March 4 – April 20

3) Week-long Fasts. There are ten week-long fasts. These fasts are observed from Monday through Friday, except the fast of Nativity which is a 6-day fast:

Fast of the Nativity and Theophany: December 30 – January 4
Fast of the Catechumens: February 11 – 15
Fast of Elijah: June 10 – 14
Fast of our Holy Father St. Gregory the Illuminator: July 1 – 5
Fast of the Transfiguration: July 22 – 26
Fast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother of God: August 12 – 16
Fast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: September 9 – 13
Fast of the Holy Cross of Varak: September 23 – 27
Fast of Advent: November 18 – 22
Fast of St. Hagop: December 9 – 13


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