When a little round thing makes your mouth water and viscous syrup is running down your fork, then you know it’s PANCAKE DAY!
International Pancake day is on the 28 of February this year and it is also known as Shrove Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday that means the date is always between February 3 and March 9.
The name ‘Shrove’ comes from the word ‘shrive’, which means to free yourself from sin. Traditionally, Christians went to confession and were “shriven” (this means going to the confession) on this day. The day after Shrove Tuesday is known as Ash Wednesday and this marks the start of the Lent. In Lent many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting and spiritual discipline during the 40 days leading up to Easter.
During Lent, people couldn’t eat things like milk or eggs, so they made Pancakes on the Tuesday before the Lent began. The fattening ingredients with some flour were the perfect combination for getting ready to fast.
The day is also known as Mardi Gras, in America and France, which means the same as Shrove Tuesday or “fat Tuesday”, the day all the people ate unhealthy food before Lent begins.
Today, we still eat pancakes. In many U.K. towns and villages pancake races and pancake tossing competitions are held on Shrove Tuesday and usually these races are usually done in fancy dress! The tradition started back in 1445 when a woman in Olney heard the shriven bell whilst making and ran to church still in her apron and clutching the pan with her pancake in. Funny isn’t it?!
On Tuesday, our students will be able to come for a pancake to celebrate this tradition at 3:30pm.