Pancake Day always takes place on the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of the Christian season of Lent in the run up to Easter. Traditionally, Shrove Tuesday was a day for using up food that could not be eaten during Lent, which was a time for fasting. Therefore people made pancakes using leftover eggs and butter.
The pancake tradition has since taken on a life of its own with many villages and towns continuing to hold pancake races and activities to this day.
According to legend, pancake racing first started in the 15th century when a Buckinghamshire woman rushed to confess her sins while making pancakes and took her pan to church.
In other parts of the world such as the U.S. and Australia, Shrove Tuesday is known as Mardi Gras, which is French for Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras carnival celebrations often involve revelers wearing masks and costumes, dancing and taking part in sports competitions and parades.
The expression Shrove Tuesday actually comes from the word shrive, which means to confess and receive absolution. Historically, it was the custom to confess sins before Lent.
The season of Lent lasts for 40 days and takes place in memory of Jesus, who was said to have fasted for 40 days in the desert. Nowadays some Christians still fast but most give up something they enjoy, such as chocolate or similar treats, for Lent.
Calvary’s Pancake Supper, Shrove Tuesday will be February 13 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. The meal is free but a love donation will be gratefully accepted. The menu will feature pancakes and sausage! Hope to see you on the 13th!