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Blini breakfast slated for 'Forgiveness Sunday'

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Saint Dimitri Orthodox Church will host its 12th Annual Blini Breakfast from noon-12:30 p.m. March 6, a Sunday also called “Forgiveness Sunday.”  
Blini Breakfast will follow the service of Divine Liturgy. Russian blini, a type of thin pancake, will be served in the traditional style with smoked salmon, herring, butte and sour cream. Vegetable caviar, eggs, cheese and a variety of berry preserves will be available as well.  
Blini are traditionally served in Slavic households during the week before the beginning of the Lenten Fast. The thin crepe-like pancakes are eaten together with fish, sour cream and butter in order to consume all these foods before the beginning of Great Lent.
These foods — fish and dairy products, along with meat — are not eaten during the 40 Great Fast period preceding Easter or Pascha, as it is called among Orthodox Christians. The practice of fasting, or abstaining from certain foods, dates to Judaism. The practice was recorded in Biblical times, Christ having fasted in the desert for forty days.