Monday, February 4, 2008

Shrove Tuesday: Eat Pancakes!

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday (the liturgical season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday). In some countries, this day is also known as Pancake Day or Pancake Tuesday, because it is customary to eat pancakes on this day.

The reason that pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent is that the 40 days of Lent form a period of liturgical fasting, during which only the plainest foodstuffs may be eaten. Therefore, rich ingredients such as eggs, milk, and sugar are disposed of immediately prior to the commencement of the fast. Pancakes and doughnuts were therefore an efficient way of using up these perishable goods, besides providing a minor celebratory feast prior to the fast itself.

The word shrove is a past tense of the English verb "shrive," which means to obtain absolution for one's sins by confessing and doing penance. Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the shriving (confession) that Anglo-Saxon Christians were expected to receive immediately before Lent. (source: wikipedia)

Join us for our Pancake Supper - 5 to 7 PM.

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