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Published on March 14, 2014

Author: melissamatos71


Melissa Matos

Terminology  The word shrove is the past tense of the English verb shrive, which means to obtain absolution for one's sins by way of Confession and doing penance.  Thus Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the custom for Christians to be "shriven" before the start of Lent. Shrove Tuesday is the last day of "shrovetide", somewhat analogous to the Carnival tradition that developed separately in countries of Latin Europe.

When is Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)?  In the UK, it is called Pancake Tuesday.  Shrove Tuesday is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday. It is the final day before Lent starts.  Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday. Because of this, its date changes annually but always falls between 3 February and 9 March.  This year Pancake Tuesday is Tuesday 4th March.

What is Pancake Day?  Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the last day before the period which Christians call Lent. It is traditional on this day to eat pancakes.

Why are Pancakes eaten on Shrove Tuesday?  Lent is a time when Christians give things up. Pancake day is the last chance before Easter to use up the fatty foods that can’t be eaten in Lent. Therefore, we eat pancakes because they contain fat, butter and eggs.

Crucial points!  Pancakes are believed to be of good luck in many areas of the world. This is because they contain herbs and food items associated with the prosperity and longevity.  Made from batter and fried in fat the ingredient symbolize four crucial points: Eggs-creation Flour-the staff of life Salt-wholesomeness Milk-purity.

What are pancakes?  A pancake is a thin, flat, round cake prepared from a batter.  Pancake Recipe: • 1 cup all-purpose flour • 2 tablespoons white sugar • 1 egg • 1 cup milk • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1. In a large bowl, mix flour, milk, egg and oil. 2. Put some margarine into the frying pan. Put some of the pancake mix in the frying-pan. Toss the pancake to fry the other side – be careful! 3. Put some sugar and lemon juice on your pancake…yummy!

Pancake Races  Pancake races are held all over England. The aim is to get to the finishing line first whilst flipping a pancake in a frying pan a certain number of times. The pancake must still be in the pan when the finishing line is reached. Video: e=player_detailpage&v=USJPkSG77Bk

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