16th February 2021 is Shrove Tuesday, also well known as pancake day. We don’t have any memories of this at the moment. Do you?
Traditionally this is the last day before the start of Lent (which begins the next day on Ash Wednesday). Lent marks forty days before Easter that for Christians remember Christ’s time in the wilderness. Many of you will know that is a time that traditionally goes along with abstinence as well as self reflection. In the past abstinence was linked to giving up meat (except fish) and dairy products, nowadays we might hear of people doing so with other things too like chocolate or alcohol. But just before that happened there was a period called Shrovetide in which there was feasting culminating in Shrove Tuesday (the French also called it Mardi Gras, or ‘Fat Tuesday’ as people were eating these richer things) and this is where the pancake tradition comes in.
Do you have Pancake Day memories you could share with us?
Can you remember how many pancakes you ate in one session (or told your friends you had), Did you give up chocolate for Lent? Ever been in a Pancake Race? Or do you have a favourite recipe or sauce for the pancakes? If so we’d love to hear from you.
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