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Pancake Tuesday: Traditions & History

February 13, 2018

Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday, is celebrated on this day around the world. It's the last chance to feast before the fasting season of lent, so read on and make sure you get flipping some pancakes!

Pancake Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, or even Mardi Gras in some areas signifies the last opportunity to gorge or feast before the fasting season of Lent. The word “shrove” originates from “shrive” which in this case means to absolve.

Pancake Tuesday: Traditions & History 1The tradition has been around for centuries, with the week preceeding Lent originally being used as an opportunity for people to seek confession. The tradition of eating pancakes derives from the discouragement of consuming foods such as butter and eggs – which means they need to be used up!

In Newfoundland & Breton Island, Canada – small tokens are frequently cooked in pancakes, and are intended to signify divinity. For example, a person receiving a coin will be wealthy. Keep an eye out for the coin in your pancakes! While in the UK, pancake flipping races involving large groups of people in fancy dress running the length of a street carrying a cooked pancake in a frying pan.

Pancake Tuesday: Traditions & History 2The important questions remain – what is the best topping for a good pancake? (We’re leaning towards a Nutella and strawberry combination). And most importantly, can you flip your pancake?


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