yes today is stuff your face day,err i mean pancake day!
BBCShrove Tuesday is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent. It's a day of penitence, to clean the soul, and a day of celebration as the last chance to feast before Lent begins. Shrove Tuesday is sometimes called Pancake Day after the fried batter recipe traditionally eaten on this day.
Source@BBC Website you know what comes next.......EASTER!
ok so the big question would be what is your favourite topping for pancakes?
Jam? We traditionally don't eat pancakes today, but pea soup and filled buns. I didn't eat one at all, too expensive to buy and too much of a hassle to make myself.
Unfortunately I didn't bring my camera to the big traditional sledge downhill race today as it would have been crushed if I fell on the way, but it looked pretty cool, the winners had a dragon, our black toilet came second. :p Rather many people in different overalls (i.e. students) at once. :)
Well on my pancakes I had sugar and lemon juice which was nice but the French Crepes are better than pancakes.
Mmmmn, lemon juice and golden syrup....
I've had way too much sugar through syrup and pancakes, and its not even teatime yet!
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15th March 2005
Wow, no special logo for Google today... they're losing their touch. I thought they knew all the weird holidays.
wierd tis not its a christian holiday (though im not exactly very good at following Christianity)
Shove Tuesday In England Shrove Tuesday is the last day before the period which Christians call Lent. This day is one of the moveable feasts in the church calendar and is directly related to the date on which Easter falls.
Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before to Easter Sunday, so the date varies from year to year and falls between February 3 and March 9.
This year Pancake Day is on 28 February 2006. Next year in 2007 it will be on 20 February and in 2008 it will be on 5 February.
Where does the word Shrove come from? The name Shrove comes from the old word "shrive" which means to confess. On Shrove Tuesday, in the Middle Ages, people used to confess their sins so that they were forgiven before the season of Lent began.
Shrove Tuesday a time for celebrations Shrove Tuesday is a day of celebration as well as penitence, because it's the last day before Lent.
Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren't allowed in Lent. Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent.
Other names for Shrove Tuesday In England we call Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day. In France they call it Mardi Gras, which means Grease or Fat Tuesday. In Iceland the day is known as "Sprengidagur" (Bursting day).
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15th March 2005
Hmm, nobody ever told me about that holiday... maybe I'm not really Christian and they've been misleading me all this time! What if... what if they're really SATAN WORSHIPPERS IN DISGUISE?!!!
Er, ahem... anyway... If I had known, I would've had pancakes today.
I have lemon and sugar on my pancakes. Just a little tip guys for you when you make your mixture. Add about a table spoon of melted butter. It makes it more cakey-likey. YUMYUMYUMYUM.
Same source as above:
What happens on Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) in England?Pancakes are eaten (recipe) and pancake races are held in villages and towns. A traditional pancake is very thin and is served immediately. Caster sugar (superfine sugar) is sprinkled over the top and a dash of fresh lemon juice add. The pancake is then rolled. Some people add golden syrup or jam. Pancake Races The object of the race is to get to the finishing line first, carrying a frying pan with a cooked pancake in it whilst flipping the pancake a pre-decided number of times. The skill lies not so much in the running of the race but in flipping and catching the pancake, which must be intact when the finishing line is reached.Tossing Pancakes The most famous pancake race takes place at Olney. According to tradition, in 1445 a woman of Olney heard the shriving bell while she was making pancakes and ran to the church in her apron, still clutching her frying pan.The Olney pancake race is now world famous. Competitors have to be local housewives and they must wear an apron and a hat or scarf.Each contestant has a frying pan containing a hot, cooking pancake. She must toss it three times during the race that starts at the market square at 11.55 am. The first woman to complete the winding 375-metre course (the record is 63 seconds set in 1967) and arrive at the church, serve her pancake to the bellringer, and be kissed by him, is the winner. She also receives a prayer book from the vicar. Annual Pancake Grease At the famous Westminster School in London, the annual Pancake Grease is held. A verger from Westminster Abbey leads a procession of eager boys into the playground where the school cook tosses a huge pancake over a five-metre high bar. The boys then race to grab a portion of the pancake and the one who ends up with the largest piece receives a cash bonus from the Dean. Skipping In Scarborough, on Shrove Tuesday, everyone assembles on the promenade to skip. Long ropes are stretched across the road and there maybe be ten or more people skipping on one rope. The origins of this customs are not known but skipping was once a magical games, associated with the sowing and spouting of seeds, which may have been played on barrows (burial mounds) during the Middle Ages. Football Shrove Tuesday sees the start in Ashbourne, Derbyshire of the world’s oldest, largest, longest and maddest football game. The game is played over two days and involves thousands of players. The goals are three miles apart and there are only a few rules. The ball is a hand-painted, cork-filled ball.
it all very traditional
Honey and lemon pancakes ftw. Jam is good, too.