February 5, 2008

Happy Pancake Day!

Posted in Christian culture, The Church Year at 4:28 pm by Matt Porter

PancakeTurtleTake a deep breath—Lent is upon us! Tomorrow, the celebration of Ash Wednesday, kicks off the forty day (plus a few Sundays) season which anticipates Easter Sunday. Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, was once the last day before Easter to eat meats, poultry, or dairy products, so many English families would eat a delicious meal (or three) of pancakes in order to use up these foods before Lent. Even as mandatory fasting was relaxed and eventually rescinded, the traditional meal kept its place in English culture. (Or, for another possible tradition, read this post about the Pancake Turtle.) More »