Pancake Day, AKA Shrove Tuesday, marks the beginning of the 40-day period before Easter. Traditionally seen as the last day of eating fatty foods before the season of Lent, today Shrove Tuesday is often a day for making and eating pancakes. In French, the day is known as Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday”, which is famously celebrated with a parade in New Orleans.
Pancakes are associated with Shrove Tuesday because they are made from eggs, butter and milk, which are rich sources of fat. They are made as a way to use up all these before the fasting season, where it is customary to stop eating fat and other unhealthy foods (such as chocolate) for 40 days.
Pancake Day is celebrated with football games and pancake races in Britain, whereas in Newfoundland and Cape Breton Island, tiny lucky charms are often baked into the pancakes. Whatever you find in your pancake is a hint to your destiny, e.g. if you find a coin, you will become very rich, and if you find a nail, you will marry a carpenter.
However you like your pancakes – whether with blueberries, maple syrup, bacon, or even Nutella – have a very happy Pancake Day! 🥞