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What is Pancake Day?

Pancakes served on Pancake Day. Photo credit: served on Pancake Day

In the Christian tradition, Pancake Day, also called Pancake Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras (which is French for "Fat Tuesday"), is the last day of feasting before Lent begins on the following day, Ash Wednesday. It's called so due to the custom of eating pancakes on this day, a tradition that comes from a time when any remaining rich foods were eaten on the day before Lent to use them up, and fasting begins. It's observed mainly in English-speaking countries, especially Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States, but also in the Philippines and Germany. Pancake Day is a moveable feast whose date is determined by Easter, and it's celebrated exactly 47 days before Easter Sunday. The date can vary from as early as February 3rd to as late as March 9th.

This year Shrove Tuesday is on 5 March 2019 and we're serving pancakes at 6pm in our Church Centre... If you're coming, let us know whether you need gluten-free pancakes...see you then!