March 5th, 2019
Gosh, do you know, that Pancake Day feels so late this year we’d nearly forgotten about it! We were zooming from the chocolate frenzy of Christmas, to the chocolate frenzy that is Easter, almost forgetting the fact that pancake day was deliciously in the middle! And the other thing pancake day has in common with Christmas? It’s the only other day in the calendar where we’re all obliged to stuff ourselves!
To call it by it’s traditional name, Pancake Day is Shrove Tuesday, and is a religious day, although it’s celebrated widely, and not just by those who are religious. Pancake Day is comparatively late because Easter is also late – Shrove Tuesday is exactly 40 days before Easter Sunday, and traditionally it was the last day of gorging and consumption before the fasting of Lent.
I is often thought that Pancake Day was originally a Pagan feast, that was in fact taken over by the religious calendar. The Pagan’s believed that this time of year the gods of Winter and Spring engaged in battle, and so the people made and offered the god of Spring gifts to help him win. The gifts were small round cakes made of flour, egg and milk that were meant to symbolise the sun.
So, how will you eat yours today? Sweet? Savoury? For dinner? For pudding? Are you an old traditional who likes a sprinkle of sugar and a squeeze of lemon? Or do you prefer yours smothered in a rich chocolate spread (ummmm hands up!)?
Well, however you choose to eat yours, we hope you have a very happy and healthy and plentiful Shrove Tuesday. And that you’re ready for the 40 days of abstinence and fasting that will follow… haha! Happy Pancake Day!
Did you know…….. The name Shrove Tuesday comes from the word “shrive”, which means to “absolve”…..