Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Shrove Tuesday

It's Shrove Tuesday today in the UK, a day where pancakes are traditionally eaten by the bucketload. It's meant to be a day of celebration as well as penitence, as it is the last day before Lent, where people can indulge themselves on foods that traditionally weren't allowed.

There is an annual Pancake Race held on my local high street on Shrove Tuesday, to raise money for local charities. It's always a fun event, with local businesses and celebrities, dressed-up mascots and school children running up the cobbled high street, trying not to trip whilst holding onto a frying pan containing a pancake - very few make it without falling to the cobbles!

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3 comments:

  1. why is it called "shrove" ? I love that pancake button !

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  2. The word 'shrove' comes from the medieval catholic word 'shrive' which means 'to confess' - this is what they used to do in medieval times the day before Lent, when they literally gorged themselves on butter, eggs and flour before giving it up for Lent.

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  3. Am catching up with your blog...been so far behind. Realize how much I've missed your creativity! Gotta love the concept of gluttony prior to sacrifice....

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