Pancake Day 2021 is here, which means it’s almost time to dust off your pancake recipes and pile up the goodies – whether you’re’ it’s all about the sweet or the savory


Not that we need an excuse to pass the day with pancakes, but … why do we celebrate Shrove Tuesday exactly? And what does that mean today?

Pancake Day – AKA Shrove Tuesday – is the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent in the Christian calendar

Traditionally, people ate pancakes on that day to get rid of fatty foods before the 40-day Lent began

Most people now forego a vice – like chocolate, coffee, or alcohol – but in the past Christians avoided foods that contained fat, eggs, milk, and meat during Lent

The French term Mardis Gras, which roughly translates as “Fat Tuesday” means ’

, arose from the need to eat fat

Fascine, the past tense of Shrive, means to attain absolution for one’s sins, which is usually achieved through confession

Lent always starts on a Wednesday so that people go to confession the day before and call it “Shriven Tuesday” today before it was Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday always falls on the seventh week before Easter, and its date changes depending on when Easter falls that year

Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon or shortly after the equinox

For western churches, Easter Sunday always falls on a day between the 22nd March and the 25th April and for Eastern churches between 4 April and the 8th May

Are you hoping to whip up some simple but delicious pancakes today? Then look no further

Pancake Tuesday 2021, Shrove Tuesday

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