Are you planning to flip a few pancakes for the family tomorrow?
Tomorrow, 12th February, 2013, is Shrove Tuesday commonly known as Pancake Day, but where did it originate?
Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday is a religious event that relates to the Christian feast of Easter.
But why Pancakes?
The tradition of eating pancakes was related to fasting during Lent when many of the ingredients were often given up.
The preparation of pancakes represents ridding the house of some of these luxury foods such as sugar, eggs and fats which go into making the pancakes and is seen as the last chance to indulge before Lent.
Traditionally celebrated on the last day before Lent begins (Ash Wednesday 13th February, 2013 is the first day of Lent and occurs 46 days before Easter) it prepares for the six weeks of Lent which is said to symbolize the 40 days and 40 nights that Jesus fasted in the desert. During Lent, it is traditional for Christians to fast or to give up certain items, often sweets or indulgent foodstuffs.
Today, Pancake Day is celebrated by religious and non religious families alike with many families choosing to make and eat pancakes.
For an easy pancake recipe from Delia Smith click here