Monday 20 February 2012: Don't forget Pancake Day
In Bakewell market today I came across this sign reminding us that Pancake day is tomorrow.
I always forget these things so I thought I'd blip this!
Here's a little bit about Shrove tuesday.
The name Shrove comes from the old word "shrive" which means to confess.
On Shrove Tuesday, in the Middle Ages, people used to confess their sins so that they were forgiven before the season of Lent began.
Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent.
Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday
Pancake races are held in villages and towns across the United Kingdom.
The tradition is said to have originated when a housewife from Olney was so busy making pancakes that she forgot the time until she heard the church bells ringing for the service.
She raced out of the house to church while still carrying her frying pan and pancake.