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Pancake Tuesday!

I currently have a calendar featuring pictures from Scotland and noticed that it lists the holidays on 02/28 as Mardi Gras and Shrove Tuesday (UK). When I was a child, I remember a few older people calling the day before Ash Wednesday, Shrove Tuesday. I never knew the origin of that name for the holiday. Now I do.

"In the Christian calendar, Shrove Tuesday is the English name for the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which in turn marks the beginning of Lent. In many solidly Roman Catholic countries in Europe and the Americas, this is the last day of Carnival. In some historically Francophone places it is Mardi Gras, French for "Fat Tuesday"; the most famous celebration under this name is the New Orleans Mardi Gras.

The origin of the name Shrove lies in the archaic English verb "to shrive" which means to absolve people of their sins. It was common in the Middle Ages for "shriveners" (priests) to hear people's confessions at this time, to prepare them for Lent.

In Ireland, Australia, and Canada, Shrove Tuesday is known as "Pancake Tuesday", while in Britain it is popularly known as "Pancake Day."

I think that New Orleans needs to work the pancake angle into our Mardi Gras celebrations. The Krewe of Zulu has its coconuts so why not add pancakes into the mix?


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Feb. 23rd, 2006 02:54 pm (UTC)
Yes, you definitely want to be shriven before you die. Hamlet won't kill his uncle Claudius because he thinks he is at his prayers and is therefore shriven - and he wants him to be damned, like hs father. In actuality Claudius isn't praying at all.

Though not religious, I *must* remember to have pancakes on Tuesday!
Feb. 24th, 2006 06:43 am (UTC)
Hamlet, Polonius, Claudius and the rest of them should've all just sat down for some pancakes together. But no poisoned pancakes!
Feb. 24th, 2006 11:46 am (UTC)
Mmmmm, high light fluffy stack o pancakes... the Krewe of Cakes, perhaps (which could also include Little Debbie seasonal cakes), with pancake medallion beads and butter pat beads and syrup bottle koozies ...

I grew up having Shrove Tuesday pancake dinners at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and I have to tell you, pancakes for supper is a great tradition. :-)
Feb. 24th, 2006 12:18 pm (UTC)
There you go working in your beloved Little Debbies! :-)
And I think that a pancake dinner to finish up Fat Tuesday sounds just about right.
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