Friday, March 3, marks the first Friday of Lent and those who observe it will be fasting. Most will be eating seafood.
Several places across Southwest Louisiana will sell Lenten lunches and dinner.
It was a busy day for those at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7321 in Moss Bluff. The post will be selling Lent fish dinners every Friday for the remainder of the month click HERE for more information.
From seafood courtbouillon and green beans, to frying fish, these men and women are preparing dinners for the Catholic community.
"Lent means to me, for us to cleanse ourselves, and for us to refocus on Jesus Christ," said John R. Thomas, senior vice commander at VFW 7321.
And all the money raised by these dinners will go to help veterans in need.
"The money raised from the dinners goes to help our disabled vets and their families and of course, all needy vets and their families and the elderly throughout the community," said.
And at Seafood Palace in Lake Charles, the parking lot was packed for lunch but inside, there was plenty of crawfish to go around.
"They're delicious," said Baldomero Morales.
"It's just about serving God right; try to remember: don't eat the meat but I never forget," said Eldridge Kingrey, laughing.
But for others, observing Lent is not that simple.
"I have an allergy to seafood; I substitute; I'll do chicken or sometimes, I will just skip the meat at all times," said Melissa Ross.
But for Ross, it's not about what's on her plate but instead, the spiritual connection she makes throughout Lent.
"It's a sacred time where you are reaffirming your commitment to Jesus and to God and it's a time to get closer to God. He made the sacrifice so we certainly can make sacrifices during this time," she said.
So what are they "giving up" for Lent?
"Wine," said Ross.
"Drinking," said Kingrey, laughing.
"I gave up all meat now; eat nothing but seafood now," said Kodeain Tillman.
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