Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) History
Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day and Mardi Gras, is a day for feasting in preparation for the sacrifice and fasting period of Lent, which begins the following day with Ash Wednesday. Celebrations continue into the night of Shrove Tuesday as people engage in eating rich and fatty foods but they must end by midnight. Carnivals are common during the Pre-Lenten Season, known as Shrovetide, street parties, carnivals and parades are also common. Aside from merriment, Shrovetide also serves the purpose of analyzing one’s own self and finding wrongdoings that need to be repent over Lent, as well as finding ones areas of spiritual growth that need God’s blessing.
Shrove Tuesday is observed by Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans, and Methodists. The consumption of pancakes is a common means of celebrating and using up fat, eggs and dairy before the fasting season begins. This holiday is celebrated 41 days before Easter every year.
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