Tuesday, February 26, 2013
I didn't grow up using the term "Mardi Gras", for us it was Shrove Tuesday, a day of pancake tossing and eating, with lashings of sugar and lemon juice.
"In France, the festival was called Mardi Gras, meaning “Fat Tuesday.” This name comes from the ancient pagan practice of killing and eating a fattened calf on the last day of Carnival; it dates from the pre-Christian era when the Druids sacrificed offerings to pagan gods, seeking more fertile women and livestock. This day was also known as “Shrove Tuesday” (from the old English word “shrive,” which means to confess all sins) and “Pancake Tuesday.” The custom of making pancakes came from the need to use up all the fat, eggs and dairy products before the fasting period of Lent began." (realtruth.org)
I'm happy to say I've eaten none of these foods today. It's been vegetables and fruits as usual?