When is pancake day 2022? Mardi Gras traditions and history explained
Many Britons look forward to Pancake Day as an excuse to eat delicious pancakes and pancakes, but why do we dedicate one day of the year to eating stacks of pancakes? Mardi Gras traditions reside in a Christian celebration before Lent. That’s why we celebrate Pancake Day – and how did the traditions start?
Pancake Day falls on Tuesday, March 1 this year, so you better practice flipping your pancakes.
The day is more traditionally known as Shrove Tuesday, however, now more people associate it with pancake eating than with Christianity.
Shrove Tuesday is the eve of Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of Lent, the period of abstinence leading up to Easter.
Christians would avoid rich foods including dairy, meat and eggs, while being encouraged to eat simpler things.
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Why do we eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?
Since Lent is a time traditionally associated with abstinence, and many Christians may forego something, it only makes sense that you’d have a delicious meal of pancakes before spending 40 days without your favorite luxuries.
In the Christian faith, Lent is meant to reflect the 40 days that Jesus spent secluded in the desert.
In France Mardi Gras is known as Mardi Gras which translates to Mardi Gras, reflecting the tradition of the holiday.
As for why pancakes became the food of choice, it’s believed to be because people used up all their eggs, dairy, and sugar before Lent.
The first pancake race has been traced to Olney, Buckinghamshire, in 1445, when a woman lost track of time and heard the twitching bells of the local church as she tossed pancakes.
In her haste, she ran to church, still clutching her frying pan and flipping the pancake.
To this day, Olney still hosts a 400m pancake race for its residents.