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One of the best parts about this time of year is the oft-overlooked celebrations which, while having old roots in Christianity, have in modern times come to have a very close association with delicious sweet treats.
Pancake Day, a precursor to Easter (anyone else just call it Chocolate Egg Day?), is what is also known as Shrove Tuesday, and while pancakes are delicious, wonderful, and totally worth celebrating, let’s not forget the history of Pancake Day, and why we’ll soon be stuffing our faces with yummy pan-fried carbs…
The meaning of Shrove Tuesday
Shrove, the past tense of shrive, means to offer yourself up for confession, penance, and eventually, absolution.
Shrove Tuesday, which falls on 5 March this year, is the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of Lent.
In the Christian calendar, Lent is the period of fasting that believers will engage in for 40 days until Easter.
The purpose of this is for Christians to pay tribute to the time Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness.
Nowadays, fasting usually translates to giving up one particularly strongly-held vice for those 40 days, like chocolate or sweets for example.
The idea behind eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday is that people are supposed to get through all of the rich, tasty foods in their houses as a way to help them prepare for the fast.
The ingredients in pancakes also represent the four pillars of Christianity:
- Eggs for creation
- Milk for purity
- Salt for wholesomeness
- And flour for sustenance