How are your pancake-flipping skills? Hope they are on point because you are going to need them. The Pancake Bell is about to ring, and so it is time for you to dust off your frying pan, and get lots of eggs, flour, salt and milk. Why? Pancake Day is just around the corner, giving you the perfect opportunity to get your loved ones around, get creative and enjoy some homemade goodies.
But before you burry yourselves into stacks of pancakes, it is important for you to know the “whats, whens, whys and hows” of Pancake Day. Here is SIXPAD’s ultimate guide to Shrove Tuesday:
What is Pancake Day and when does it start?
Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday, the last day of “fat eating”), is a celebration observed every year on the day before Ash Wednesday.
Shrove Tuesday finds its origin during the Anglo-Saxon period when Christians were called to confession through the sound of a bell (later called Pancake Bell) and were “shriven” (obtained absolution for their sins) the day before Ash Wednesday.
Pancake Day does not have a fixed date as it depends on the date for Easter (which does not have a fixed date as well). It usually falls between February 2 and March 9, but it is always the day before Ash Wednesday. This year’s celebration is on Tuesday, February 25.
Why is it called “Pancake” Day?
Lent is a 40-day period of preparation and reflection before Easter often marked by fasting from both food and celebrations. Pancake Day comes from the old English custom of using rich (fattening) ingredients before this fasting period.
So, why pancakes in particular? The first reason is that milk and eggs were the most common rich ingredients people had in their houses in those days, and so, adding flour to make pancakes was a great way for them clear their kitchen shelves.
The second reason is that, the four ingredients used to make traditional pancakes are believed to have a significant representation during this period: with the eggs representing “creation”, flour as “staff of life”, salt as “wholesomeness” and milk as “purity”.
How is it celebrated?
As you would guess and as the name suggests, the main activity is the consumption of pancakes. But then, if the whole day is dedicated to the consumption of pancakes, why not make it more fun? This where the “pancake race” comes in. This is an activity that involves people taking part in a race while flipping pancakes in a frying pan- you should try it, the race is as fun as its origin.
This activity finds its origin in 1445, when a woman, unaware that so much time had passed, had to run to church for confession with her frying pan and pancake on top after she heard the church bell.
Healthy Pancake Day
If you are one of those people who made some healthy diet resolutions at the start of the year and you wouldn’t want to ruin the progress you have made so far in just a day or you are just looking to stay away from too much sugar, then this fluffy vegan pancake recipe or keto pancake recipe is for you.
Participating in a pancake race and consuming keto/vegan pancakes are some great ways to celebrate Pancake Day. How about you add SIXPAD to the mix for the perfect healthy Pancake Day? All you need is 23 minutes, a SIXPAD device of your choice and you are good to go.
Get in touch with us for more information. We wish you a happy Pancake Day!