Catholics age 14 and older are obliged to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, the Fridays of Lent, and Good Friday. Additionally, on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, Catholics from age 18 to 59 are required to fast. In the Catholic tradition, fasting is loosely interpreted. The law allows one full meal only but does not prohibit the taking of small amounts of food at the other mealtimes. Illness releases a person from these rules.