Today we are going to talk about Pancake Day. Shrove Tuesday is also more commonly known as Pancake Day or Pancake Tuesday. Pancake Day is the day before Ash Wednesday or the first day of Lent. Pancake Day is celebrated in many Christian countries by participating in confessions and scattering. So let’s gather a little more information about Pancake Day.
The idea of eating pancakes on Pancake Tuesday was worldwide and the idea of eating pancakes a thousand years before Ash Wednesday. This day is observed by many Christians and includes Lutherans, Anglicans, Methodists and Roman Catholics. The festival of Pancake Day is determined by Easter. The expression "shrove Tuesday" comes from the word shrove and means "absolve".
Pancake Day is the final day of the Christian liturgical season, historically known as the Shrovetide. And during this day related popular practices such as engaging in food, such as one can sacrifice their Latin for the next forty days.
Many Christian congregations celebrate Pancake Day by organizing a pancake breakfast as well as by ringing church bells and so that people repent for their sins before the start of Lent. Churches on Pancake Day also burn palms shared during last year’s Palm Sunday liturgies to make the ashes used during the next day and Ash Wednesday services.
In some Christian countries, especially Pancake Day is called Mardi Gras or its translation and is considered the last day of the "fat diet" or "gorging" before Lent's fasting period.
Traditionally eating foods like eggs, flour, fat and sugar during Lent time is not allowed so Pancake Day was the day to use these substances. There is a village called Olney in England where Buckinghamshire is celebrated with Pancake Day on Tuesdays and he was the first person to celebrate this day in this way and he has been racing since 1445.
In the US, the day is commonly known as "Mardi Gras" and is French for "Fat Tuesday." The largest pancake ever recorded in 1994 was 15.01 m wide and 2.5 cm deep. In 1995, Dean Gould set a world record for tossing more pancakes in two minutes. In Ireland, Pancake Day is known as Máirt Inside and is Irish for "Shrovetide Tuesday".
In Iceland Pancake Day is known as Sprengidagur which translates to Bursting Day. There is a celebration of eating salted meat and peas during Pancake Day. In the UK 52 million eggs are eaten on this day and that is 22 million more than any other day of the year. The average person drinks two pancakes during Pancake Day.
The celebration of Pancake Day lasted until the beginning of Lent until the end of the middle Ages. The custom of British Christians to eat pancakes during Pancake Day dates back to the 16th century. The second theme of Shrove Tuesday, with the emphasis on the pancake on the banquet, involves Christians repenting for their sins in preparation for the start of Lent season in the Christian calendar.
In Germany, Pancake Day is known as Faschingsdienstag, Fastnachtsdienstag, Karneval Dienstag or Veilchendienstag. Here Pancake Day is celebrated with a fancy dress and a partial school holiday. And similarly in German American areas like the Dutch country of Pennsylvania Pancake Day is known as Fastnacht Day.
In the Netherlands this day is known as "vastenavond" or the Limburgish dialect "vastelaovend", and although the term usually refers to the full duration of the carnival in the Netherlands.
During Pancake Day people are characterized by lantern sacrifice, fasting, prayer and marking the Latin calendar in various spiritual branches and reading daily devotion. This day is associated with Shrove Tuesday as Pancake Day is a way to consume rich foods like eggs, milk and sugar before the 40-day Lent fasting season.
Pancake Day emphasizes marital fasting on eating simple foods and avoiding foods that are inappropriately pleasurable. In many cultures Pancake Day does not mean eating meat, dairy products or eggs. Small token pancakes are frequently cooked in Newfoundland and Cape Breton Island during this day.
On Pancake Day many Christians confess their sins. During Pancake Day many Christians sacrifice anything they can for Lantern and finalize their decision regarding it. On this day it is customary to pray for strength to keep the lantern when sacrificing it. During Pancake Day many churches put a basket in the wart to collect the palm branches of last year's holy week blessed and distributed during Palm Sunday liturgies.
Traditional Pancake Day "mob football" games were held in many cities in the United Kingdom as part of that community celebration. Some of these games date back to the 17th century. In the UK, the practice largely ended in the 19th century with the passage of the Highways Act 1835, which banned the playing of football on public highways.
Pancake Day was once known as a "half-holiday" in Britain. On this day "pancake races" are held in the villages and towns of the United Kingdom. During the race participants take to the streets with frying pans, throwing pancakes into the air and catching them in the pan while running. The pancake races at Olney, held during the day, are traditionally held by women competitors who take to the frying pan and finish line on a 415-yard course.
In London, the Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race takes place during Pancake Day and features teams from the British Lower House, the Upper House and the Fourth Estate, and the Parliamentary Pancake Race.
In Finland, Pancake Day is known as Laskiainen. Here Pancake Day is celebrated with Finnish origins and includes both pagan and sectarian traditions and Pancake Day is often described as a "mid-winter sliding festival".