Pancake Day is better known as Shrove Tuesday. Shrove is derived from the word ‘Shrive’, which means ‘to confess’. This is a celebration observed by many Christians the day before Ash Wednesday; it can be a time of self-analysis and spiritual growth, as well as a time when they need to ask God’s help to deal with life’s burdens.
The tradition of making pancakes began in England as a way to use up all of the rich foods available in the home before Lent arrived, which is a fasting period of 40 days. During lent all diary and meat are to be excluded, and only very plain foods are to be eaten. In other countries, Shrove Tuesday is a day for Carnivals , festivities and dressing up in elaborate costumes, such as New Orleans‘ famous Mardi Gras.
The origins behind Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday practices are to be found in Corinthians 9:27, where the Apostle Paul says: “I buffet my body and make it my slave…”. However, Pancake Day has now ironically developed into a day of indulgence, rather than bodily penitence, throughout which individuals participate in the maximum amount of pleasure and self-gratification they can before the beginning of Lent.
This Pancake Day you can celebrate the occasion by making some yummy pancakes at home for all the family to enjoy. Our personal favourite is a traditional pancake with a lemon and sugar filling, simple and easy to make, yet delicious. Learn one of the easiest and most scrumptious pancake recipes here. And remember, this time of year is also a time for self-reflection… No matter what your religion is, it is always healthy to spend some time taking care of your inner or spiritual self.
It is also the perfect time to enjoy cooking with your children! so why not try to make some fun pancake shapes with them? Find some children-friendly pancake recipes here... Now all that remains is for you to enjoy the day!!