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February 21, 2020
Shrove Tuesday is traditionally a feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent is the 40 days fasting period leading up to Easter, so can fall in either February or March, depending when Easter falls in the calendar. Also known as Pancake Day in Commonwealth countries and Ireland.
Some countries celebrate by eating pancakes, others as a festival that is the last “fat eating day” or “gorging day” before the fasting period. A tradition which as been documented from around 1000 AD. By the Middle Ages the celebration of Shrovetide lasted until the start of Lent. Many societies would eat pancakes or other foods made from butter, eggs and fat that would be given up during the Lent season.
Shrove Tuesday is also a time when Christians would repent their sins in preparation for Lent and a period of penance.
In Portuguese, Spanish and Italian speaking countries it is celebrated as a Carnival in the streets. The most famous of these events is the Brazilian Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. We know how well they can PARTY!
In the U.K. many towns would hold a traditional Shrove Tuesday “mob football” game in the street, until the Highway Act 1835 banned the playing of football on public highways. There are still a few towns who uphold this tradition today. The pancake race is also a long held tradition.
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