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SHROVE TUESDAY/PANCAKE TUESDAY

When is pancake day?
Pancake Tuesday, more formally known as Shrove Tuesday, falls forty-seven days before Easter. TUESDAY FEBRUARY 16TH 2021

The day is always followed by Ash Wednesday, which is the beginning of Lent whereby Christians traditionally fast for forty days.

What is Shrove Tuesday?
Easter is one of the oldest festivals of the Christian Church and celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb on the third day after his crucifixion. 

However, before any celebrations can begin, there must be a period of fasting which is where Shrove Tuesday comes into play. The word shrove comes from shrive, meaning to present oneself for confession, penance, and absolution.

Shrove Tuesday marks the last day before Lent – a period of forty days whereby Christians traditionally fast or give up certain foods. The forty days represent the time that Jesus spent fasting in the desert where he resisted the temptation of Satan. 

On the first day of Lent, also known as Ash Wednesday, Christians would traditionally attend mass to have a small cross of ashes drawn on their forehead by the priest. The cross is in reference to the Biblical passage “For dust you are and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19).

Why pancakes?
In the past, families would traditionally prepare to fast by using up all the ingredients in their kitchen. These would usually consist of eggs, milk, and flour – everything you need to make a good pancake! 

Here are 3 separate recipes for pancakes from well known RTE chef’s

We hope you enjoy Pancake Day / Shrove Tuesday

https://www.rte.ie/lifestyle/recipes/2016/0204/765317-american-style-pancakes/

https://www.rte.ie/lifestyle/recipes/2018/0130/936704-paul-flynns-pancakes/

https://www.rte.ie/lifestyle/recipes/2015/1118/747995-gluten-free-pancakes-with-blueberry-banana-and-honey/