- Shrove Tuesday this year happened on the 16th February. (Last week)
- People traditionally cook and eat pancakes.
- A pancake is a thin, flat cake, made of batter and fried in a frying pan.
- A traditional English pancake is very thin and is served immediately. Golden syrup or lemon juice and caster sugar are the usual toppings for pancakes.
- For Christians, Lent is a time of giving things up.
- Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday as it is properly called) was the last chance to enjoy a delicious treat before giving things up.
- Traditionally, it was the day people would use up the foods that aren’t allowed in Lent because of fasting such as fat milk and eggs.
- Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs that were once completely forbidden during Lent.
- The name ‘Shrove’ comes from the old word “shrive”. The word means to confess – that means 'to admit all the things that you have thought or said or done that are wrong.
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