Yesterday was Shrove Tuesday, also known as World Pancake Day. For a long time I thought it was just another made up “food day” and wondered ‘why pancakes?’ why not world fish and chips day or world baked potato day? Who made the decision on pancakes? Then my dear friend Wiki told me the origins of Shrove Tuesday and I was enlightened.
Apparently, Shrove Tuesday came about as the last day of indulgence before Lent. Lent is the preparation period (around 40 days) for Christian believers before Easter. This is a time of repentance, prayer and fasting. This is where the word ‘Shrove’ came about – from the word shrive, which mean absolution from one’s sins.
The day before the start of Lent, folks in the past would normally use up all their rich food such as eggs, milk and sugar (in essence, food that gives pleasure) because during Lent…
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