A sure sign in my book that warmer, brighter days of Spring are not far away: Shrove Tuesday is here again!
If you need a sure sign that Spring is here or not far away, Shrove Tuesday – or ‘Pancake Day’, is it.
Whilst for many today means gorging out on pancakes with a multitude of fillings, here’s some bits and pieces about Shrove Tuesday which you may not know.
- For starters, Shrove Tuesday (also known as Shrovetide Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday and Pancake Day) is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Shrove Tuesday, a moveable feast, is determined by Easter.
It is seen as a day of penitence, to clean the soul, and a day of celebration as the last chance to feast before Lent begins.
- The expression “Shrove Tuesday” comes from the word shrive, the ritual of shriving that Christians used to undergo in the past.
In shriving, a person confesses their sins and receives absolution for them. When a person receives absolution for their sins, they are forgiven for them and released…
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