Shrove Tuesday 2019: Meaning Behind It; Top Facts About Pancake Day

Shrove Tuesday 2019: Meaning Behind It; Top Facts About Pancake Day

                 Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day is the awesome day to invite your beloved ones for having the stacks of delicious pancakes and enjoy pancakes with your own family. In the Christian religion, Pancake day is also known as pancake Tuesday shrove, Fat Tuesday, and Mardi Gras. It is last day of feasting before Lent begins on the following day, Ash Wednesday. Pancake Day traditionally a Day of celebration, the Last Day that you can Eat what you want until Easter.

The Date on which it is celebrated is not fixed it is determined by Easter. and it is celebrated exactly 47 days before Easter Sunday. It can come as early as February 3rd to as late as March 9th. Pancake day 2019 is on Tuesday, March 5

Meaning behind the Shrove Tuesday?

Shrove Tuesday is nowadays known as pancake day, but the Biblical meaning of the day is likely to be lost on most of us. ‘Shriving’ is a ritual in which Christian people confess their sins from the past and receives absolution from them.

The absolution frees the persons from the guilt and pain that their sins have been causing them. Maybe their past is 3eaing inside them through absolution persons reach a calm state of mind.

According to this is a church,” in the Catholic or Orthodox context, the absolution is pronounced by a priest. This tradition is very old nearly 1000 years ago a monk wrote in the Anglo-Saxon Ecclesiastical Institutes: A week before the lent every one shall go to his confessor and confess his deeds and the confessor shall so shrive him.

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Top Facts about Shrove Tuesday

  • In the United States, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, Shrove Tuesday is often called Pancake day or even pancake Tuesday.
  • Mardi Gras is the French term for fat Tuesday. It is tradition to consume rich foods prior to the beginning of Lent the following day.
  • In German-American populations Pancake day, Tuesday is also called as Fastnacht Day.
  • In polish communities in the United States, Pancake Day is Paczki Day and they eat a traditional pastry called paczki.
  • Traditionally pancakes were consumed on Shrove Tuesday because it is a way to use up ingredients people were not supposed to consume during Lent, including sugar, eggs, and milk. Lent is a 40 day period when people are not supposed to eat food that gives pleasures such as eggs, dairy, and meat.
  • Pancake Day falls exactly 47 days before Easter Day. This means that the date can move depending on when Easter Sunday falls.
  • In Buckinghamshire, Britain, there has been a pancake race held every since 1445. During the race women run 415 yards carrying a frying pan, tossing their pancake at the beginning and end of the race. They must be dressed in a scarf and apron, and men must dress the same if they want to participate.
  • In Switzerland, the day is called as Gudisdienstag which is derived from a word that means ‘ a stomach full of food’.
  • In Finland, they celebrate by eating pea soup and pastry. In Iceland, they eat salted meat and peas.

Other Interesting facts about Pancake Day?

  • The most flip done with a single pancake is 349 in two minutes.
  • In France, people make a wish before flipping their pancakes and do so while holding a coin in the other hand.
  • The Guinness World Record for the most pancakes served in eight hours is34,818.
  • The highest pancake tosses was329cm high.
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