Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
What is Shrove Tuesday?
Shrove Tuesday is the day that precedes Ash Wednesday.
It is determined by Easter, for which the actual date changes on an annual basis.
What Does That Have to Do With Pancakes?
Eggs, milk and sugar are not traditionally consumed during fasting season, but seriously, wouldn't it be a shame to waste them?
Pancakes are associated with Shrove Tuesday, as it provides a means of using up these fatty, tempting foods before Lent.
Then What is Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent in Western Christianity. It occurs 46 days before Easter
OK ... and Lent?
Lent is traditionally described as lasting for forty days, in commemoration of the forty days Jesus spent fasting in the desert, according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, before beginning his public ministry
40 Days ... What Happened to the Other 6 Days?
Ah, they would be Sundays. You see, every Sunday was seen as a commemoration of the Sunday of Christ's resurrection and so as a feast day, on which fasting was inappropriate.
Accordingly, Christians fasted from Monday to Saturday (six days) during six weeks and from Wednesday to Saturday (four days) in the preceding week, thus making up the number of 40 days. The 'other' six days were the aforementioned Sundays.
It is thought by many that the ingredients for pancakes came to symbolise four points of significance at this time of year:
- Eggs: Creation
- Flour: The staff of life
- Salt: Wholesomeness
- Milk: Purity