Who loves pancakes? My son and I are most definitely fans. It’s our go-to comfort food. So today, I learned that Britons celebrate Pancake Day. When exactly is this? Apparently, it has been celebrated for centuries, and is also known as Shrove Tuesday. Its exact date changes because it is determined by when Easter falls. It’s always a day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. So today, February 28th is Pancake Day 2017!
What does Shrove Tuesday mean? Shrove is a form of the English word shrive, which means to obtain absolution for one’s sins by way of confession and penance. Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the custom for Christians to be “shriven” before the start of Lent.
Why celebrate Pancake Day? Well, I have no issues with this. Gives me more excuse to enjoy a plate… or two. But to enrich our knowledge, pancakes were eaten on this day to use up rich, indulgent foods like eggs and milk before the 40-day fasting season of Lent began. But although it is enshrined in Christian tradition, it is believed that Pancake Day might originate in a pagan holiday, when eating warm, round pancakes – symbolising the sun – was a way of celebrating the arrival of spring.
So there you are – a short story about pancakes and why they have a day to celebrate this fluffy not-for-breakfast only food. I’m off to the kitchen, and I bet you’ll guess correctly. Now, where’s my pan?
* Featured image from New York Times
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