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Happy Pancake Day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I'm not sure how widely Pancake Day is celebrated - certainly not here in Belgium. Last weekend saw the local carnivals take place, we missed them due to my daughter's illness but I caught a couple of floats making their way home .....

Not exactly Rio, but fun nevertheless!

Today is what we Brits call Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day. Shrove comes from the old word "shrive", meaning to confess. Traditionally, the Shriving Bell was rung to call parishioners to church to confess their sins in preparation for Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. Pancakes were made to use up the eggs, fat, sugar and butter that were prohibited to be eaten during Lent. Pancake Day is still upheld right across the UK and there will be much tossing going on today!

In some places, Pancake Racing is still very much part of the festivities. These races are said to have originated when a housewife, on hearing the Shriving Bell whilst she was cooking her pancakes, immediately raced to the church, frying pan still in hand. Nowadays, races are held around the streets. Competitors must wear an apron and headscarf and toss a pancake whilst running to the finish line. All good fun!

(photo borrowed from a London tourism advert)

So now you know a little about another quirky British tradition! emoticon
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TCANNO 2/14/2013 6:13PM

    Well done on the research, even I did not know some of this

Have a good weekend

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LOLABLACK69 2/13/2013 1:24AM

    So, you have Pancake day? Aren't we lucky to be part of nations that celebrate food that way? No wonder we have weight problem. emoticon
But seriously, nice to find out something new about British tradition! Hope you enjoyed pancakes. emoticon And to be a little party pooper - don't forget to get back on track. emoticon
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DR1939 2/12/2013 6:31PM


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BARBARASDIET 2/12/2013 2:52PM

    I have never heard of Pancake Day, but it sounds great! I was actually surprised that it is already Lent!!

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LIS193 2/12/2013 11:34AM

    Thanks for explaining Shrove Tuesday to me. I knew about the pancakes being traditional but never knew the story behind it.
Yum - pancakes with lemon and sugar :)
(and I don't mean the dough-y thick american pancakes! I love the thin crepe like ones we make in Europe)

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BLUENOSE63 2/12/2013 10:04AM


Yep it is a big deal here in the Catholic schools, in fact we are serving up pancakes to the kids at lunchtime!

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WILSONWR 2/12/2013 9:52AM

    Another interesting tradition! Thanks for sharing!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/12/2013 8:55AM

    NOW I understand Shrove Tuesday. Thanks for the explanation!

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RUNNING-TURTLE 2/12/2013 8:54AM

    Neat. Way cool.

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