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It's time to pig out on pancakes!

But first, fill up on facts and background info, recipes, history,
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Shrove Tuesday: The Pancake Fest

Shrove Tuesday pancakesShrove Tuesday gets its name from the ritual of shriving, when the faithful confessed their sins to the local priest and recieved forgiveness before the Lenten season began.

As far back as 1000 AD, "to shrive" meant to hear confessions. (Trivia note: the term survives today in the expression "short shrift" or giving little attention to anyone's explanations or excuses.)

Shrove Tuesday also marked the beginning of the 40-day Lenten fasting period when the faithful were forbidden to consume meat, butter, eggs or milk.

However, if a family had a store of these foods they would certainly spoil by the time the fast ended on Easter Sunday. What to do? Use up the milk, butter and eggs no later than Shrove Tuesday. And so, with the addition of a little flour, the solution quickly presented itself in... pancakes.

Today, the Shrove Tuesday pancake tradition lives on in Western Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia. It is most associated with the UK, where it is simply known as Pancake Day with a traditional recipe that looks to all the world more like a French crepe rather than the 'mile-high' stack so popular on National Pancake Day in America:

In France, (as well as here in the US - or more famously - in New Orleans) Shrove Tuesday is better known as Fat Tuesday which kicks off the annual Mardi Gras festival with wild celebrations just before the austere Lenten season.

In Sweden, Fat Tuesday translates to Fettisdagen, and in Lithuania it's Uzgavens.In Poland, traditional celebrations take place on a Thursday a week before Ash Wednesday and so it's Tlusty Czwartek, or Fat Thursday.



Worldwide pancake recipes

Pancake Day Recipes Australia Semlor (Traditional Swedish)
Fastnachts Paczki (Traditional Polish)
Blins (Traditional Russian)  


More about Shrove Tuesday around the Web:

Shrove Tuesday - Wikipedia Shrove Tuesday in England
Shrove Tuesday in Finland Shrove Tuesday in Ireland
Shrove Tuesday in Lithuania Shrove Tuesday in Poland


Pancake Day Classroom Activities:

Pancake Day : Classroom Activities


also see -> Pancake Recipes for Shrove Tuesday

What Mardi Gras Celebrates | National Pancake Day


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