Shrovetide - The count down to Shrove Tuesday begins on Egg Saturday. Did you know the day before Shrove Tuesday is known as Collop Monday? Find out why here
In the UK, Shrove Tuesday is also known as Pancake Day (or Pancake Tuesday to some people) because it is the one day of the year when almost everyone eats a pancake.
What happens on Pancake Day in England?
Read on to find out why we eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and other facts about this special time of year.
Pancake Day ( also known as Shrove Tuesday) is the last day before the period which Christians call Lent. It is traditional on this day to eat pancakes. copyright of projectbritain.com
Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren't allowed in Lent. Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent.
Shrove Tuesday is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday and is therefore the final day before the commencement of Lent, a Christian festival leading up to Easter Sunday (Easter Day).
Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the date varies from year to year and falls between 3 February and 9 March. (See our Lent page for a visual explanation why Shrove Tuesday is 47 days and not 41 days before Easter)
In 2012 Pancake Day will be on 21 February
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The name Shrove comes from the old word "shrive" which means to confess. On Shrove Tuesday, in the Middle Ages, people used to confess their sins so that they were forgiven before the season of Lent began. copyright of projectbritain.com
Shrove Tuesday is a day of celebration as well as penitence, because it's the last day before Lent. Throughout the United Kingdom, and in other countries too, people indulge themselves on foods that traditionally aren't allowed during Lent. Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent. copyright of projectbritain.com
A pancake is a thin, flat cake, made of batter and fried in a pan.
The photograph shows a pancake
being cooked in a frying pan.
Caster sugar (superfine sugar) is sprinkled over the top and a dash of fresh lemon juice added. The pancake is then rolled. Some people add golden syrup or jam. copyright of projectbritain.com
(Click here for a pancake recipe)
Pancake Day in England
United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia - Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day or Pancake Tuesday
- Terça-feira gorda - Fat Tuesday - the final day of Brazilian Carnival.
- Apocreas, which means "from the meat" since they don't eat meat during Lent, either.
- Fettisdagen (Fat Tuesday).
In Catholic and French-speaking parts of the United States this day is called Mardi Gras.
- "Fastnacht" (Also spelt "Fasnacht", "Fasenacht", "Fasteloven" (in the Rhine area) or "Fasching" in Bavaria.)
In they call it Mardi Gras, which means Grease or Fat Tuesday.
In the day is known as "Sprengidagur" (Bursting day).
Click here to find out how Pancake day is celebrated in other countries around the world.
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Pancake Day in England
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