Shrove Tuesday – Pancake Tuesday
As part of our Catholic Tradition of Shrove Tuesday, the students at St James ate pancakes after lunch. This is one way to remember and reflect upon the Liturgical Season of Lent about to begin on Ash Wednesday. They also learned about 'why' we enjoy pancakes on this day.
Shrove Tuesday celebrations
Shrove Tuesday is a day of celebration as well as penitence, because it's the last day before Lent. Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday was often the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that weren't allowed in Lent. Giving up foods: but not wasting them. In the old days there were many foods that observant Christians would not eat during Lent: foods such as meat and fish, fats, eggs, and milky foods. So that no food was wasted, families would have a feast on the shriving Tuesday, and eat up all the foods that wouldn't last the forty days of Lent without going off. Pancakes became associated with Shrove Tuesday as they were a dish that could use up all the eggs, fats and milk in the house with just the addition of flour.