As a youngster I was baptised at various stages by three different Christian Churches (I assume now the the new one crosses out the old one, but as a child I just assumed I was a member of three clubs whose members were mostly horrible singers). The one thing that made being a Catholic and going to a Catholic school for a brief period bearable was Shrove Tuesday, though as an adult I’d completely forgotten about it un til I saw this post. Can all of us lapsed church goers pretend that today is Shrove Thursday instead?

Foodimentary - National Food Holidays


Many celebrate today with rolled thin pancakes topped with caster sugar(powdered) a dash of lemon juice and a dollop of jelly or jam 

Five Food Facts about Shrove Tuesday


1. Throughout Europe most people celebrate Shrove Tuesday with pancakes

2. Pancakes are associated with the day before lent because it was a way to use up “rich foods” such as eggs, milk, & sugar, before the 40 days fast begins

3. The word ‘shrove’ refers to an old English word shrive meaning ‘confess’

4. Most people call today Mardi Gras, which in French means Fat Tuesday. Marking seven weeks before Easter Day.

5. In Iceland they celebrate today with salted meats, fish, and peas. Known as Sprengidagur (Bursting Day)

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