Today is PANCAKE Day, or Shrove Tuesday, which can be one of the most delicious foodie days to celebrate.
Whether you want to have a flipping great time from the moment you get up and have a breakfast to remember or decide to whip up the batter for tea or dinner, the choice is yours – there is no right or wrong time of the day to eat pancakes on pancake
Just seven weeks before Easter, Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras is a Christian festival that marks the beginning of Lent, a period of fasting
that is meant to remind us of Jesus' time he was tempted by the devil in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights before his death.
In French-speaking places
it is often called Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) and refers to events of the Carnival celebration, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday.
Shrove comes from the old English word "shrive", which means "to obtain absolution for one's sins by way of confession and doing penance."
The day always falls on a Tuesday because of the period of time it marks between the start of Lent and Easter.
Then Ash Wednesday
comes along the following day marking the start of fasting during Lent.
This fasting ordeal culminates in Easter, with Easter Sunday this year falling on
So feast your eyes on some of the pancakes you could make, savour and enjoy and above all make this day flipping marvellous!