Learn about the origins of Shrove Tuesday
Are you looking for some inspiration to celebrate Pancake Day whilst you are in the UK completing your internship? Then look no further, this year Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday is on the 13th February 2018, which is exactly 47 days before Easter Sunday and before the first day of Lent, which is known as Ash Wednesday.
What is Shrove Tuesday?
Christians used to clean out their cupboards of ingredients like sugar, fat and eggs, as a means of fasting for Lent. Shrove is the past tense of the word shrive, which means to ‘present oneself to a priest for confession, penance, and absolution.’
Shrove Tuesday is essentially a day of celebration, where people can enjoy fatty food for the last time before they take part in the 40 days of Lent, where they will fast.
Religious texts believe that the recipe for pancakes also represents the four pillars of Christian faith: eggs for creation, flour as the mainstay of the human diet, salt for wholesomeness, and milk for purity.
How can you celebrate Pancake Day in the UK?
Typically people in the UK, make pancakes at home. If you want to find a recipe for pancakes, check out this recipe. And then add any additional toppings that you prefer, why not drizzle some chocolate sauce on top?
Alternatively, there are many exciting events on in London that you can attend, such as pancake day races or maybe you want to try one of London’s best pancakes.
How people in other countries celebrate?
In other countries around the world, people celebrate Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras, which is French for fat Tuesday, by similarly indulging in fatty foods, but also by having carnivals or parties.
Did you know: that Pancake Day can take place any time between the 3rd February and the 9th March? This is because Easter Sunday is dictated by the cycles of the moon and Shrove Tuesday is always 47 days before Easter Sunday.