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Why Do We Eat Pancakes On Shrove Tuesday?

Why Do We Eat Pancakes On Shrove Tuesday?

Yes, most of us know that Pancake Day is all about using up the 'fatty foods' in your cupboard before the fasting of lent.

Back in the day, these were eggs, flour, milk and butter - so pancakes were a perfect meal. Clearly, this was before the days of pies in a can or micro chips.

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But there's more to it than that.

Pancake Day is also known as Shrove Tuesday. Shrove comes from the word 'shrive' which means 'to confess'. So not only are you supposed to fast after Pancake Day, you're also supposed to absolve yourself of any sins by confessing. Okay, I admit it. I hate pancakes. I'm sorry. I'd just rather have Nutella on toast.

But why are they round and flat? Couldn't they have just made a loaf of pancake? Is that a thing?

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Well, here's something I wasn't aware of - it's supposed to symbolise the sun. Some believe that Shrove Tuesday was originally a Pagan holiday. People believed that they had to ensure that winter was gone and they had to help the gods bring in the spring. They thought that by eating pancakes they would receive the power, warmth and light that the sun provides.

Interesting.

Enjoy your pancakes, anyway. I'll stick to my pie in a can.

Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay has been a Senior Journalist for Tyla and LADbible since 2015. She started her career writing obituaries and funeral guides online. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of national and local news sites. She is part of the BBC's Generation project and has spoken about young people, politics and mental health on television, radio and online. Contact her - [email protected]

 

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