Thousands of Mennonites to Participate in ‘Meatless Challenge’ February 30th and 31st


Thousands of Mennonites across the continent have vowed to go without meat for two whole days on February 30th and 31st of this year.

“It’s going to be difficult to go so long without meat,” said Kevin Klassen of Swift Current, “but I think with a little bit of willpower and a lot of fried potatoes I just might be able to make it.”

Mennonites are known to be a rather carnivorous bunch, with various kinds of pork topping the shopping lists. However, after midnight on February 29, many Mennonites are going to go completely meatless until March 1.

“Faspa sure will look different on the 30th,” said Klassen. “I guess I’ll stock up on pickles. It’s going to be tough, but I’m just glad I’m doing my part.”

Klassen has also vowed to give up smoking and drinking on those two days.

“It’s something I should be doing anyway,” said Klassen. “I don’t want to brag, but the church can also expect the largest February 30th tithe they’ve ever seen!”

Klassen says he plans to go back to meat eating on March 1, but may consider a similar period of fasting sometime in the future such as the entire week after the Leafs win the Cup.

(photo credit: Artem Beliaikin/CC)
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