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What Tuesday is it for you?

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What Tuesday is it for you?

Postby qfreed » Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:31 pm

Today is Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent and the Mardi Gras (Carnestoltes) festival in New Orleans.

So, is it Shrove Tuesday (pancake Tuesday), Fat Tuesday, or Carnaval Tuesday for you?

I am sure that you are familiar with all the traditions (if not, Shrove Tuesday's purpose is to use up all the sugar and lard in the house (by making pancakes or malasadas) in preparation for Lent. Similarly, Fat Tuesday is your last chance to pig out before adopting whatever dietary restrictions you observe for Lent and Carnaval Tuesday is both your last chance to feast and to kick up your heels before entering the more solemn Lent season.

For me it is Tuesday, the day that I have to buy a lottery ticket for tonight's drawing.

What is this Tuesday to you?

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Re: What Tuesday is it for you?

Postby saffron » Tue Feb 28, 2017 11:39 am

I always think of 'shrove Tuesday' as a child in a Catholic household it was the last day of sweet eating before Lent began. We always had pancakes with lemon and sugar.

I still always make pancakes on shrove Tuesday even though I no longer attend mass on Ash Wednesday.

Shrove came via Latin and Germany for the act of forgiving sins shrive or shrove being the past tense. Giving short shrift comes from the same root.

Shrove Tuesday isn't mentioned as much now in the UK as many people are of no faith or a non christian faith. However, the tradition of pancake making today is firmly in place with shops full of lemons, new frying pans milk and eggs.

In my childhood the news always featured a broadcast from Olney [in Buckinghamshire] which always stages a pancake race for women. There are now other races in the UK, but this was first.

Here is an article suggesting the first participant was in the 1400s running late to the 'Shriving' service.

The article suggests an American city now has one too

http://www.olneyonline.com/A-Pancake-Race-History

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