The great thing about having kids in school is the reminders I get for special occasions and certain days that I otherwise don’t give too much thought too.
Today is no exception! Because today you are encouraged to feed your kids pancakes for dinner!
Any time I’m encouraged to do that is ok in my books! They’ll get them at school too but they’re ok with having pancakes for three meals a day if I’d let them!
But WHY do we eat pancakes today? According to MSN.com:
What is Shrove Tuesday?
Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent. Lent is the 40-day period (not including Sundays) leading up to Easter. Lent is traditionally a time of fasting when people give up unhealthy foods.
When is Shrove Tuesday?
This year, Shrove Tuesday is on Tuesday, February 28.
Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, meaning the date changes from year to year. Last year, Shrove Tuesday was on February 9. The year before that, it was on February 17.
Where does the word “shrove” come from?
The word shrove comes from the English word shrive, which means to absolve from one’s sins. It gets its name from the Christian tradition of going to Confession before Lent.
Why is Shrove Tuesday also called Pancake Day in some countries?
Pancakes might also be associated with Shrove Tuesday because they represent the four pillars of the Christian faith, according to Historic UK. Eggs symbolise creation, flour is the staff of life, salt is wholesomeness, and milk represents purity.