Coming off Chinese New Year, we spent a very unfestive mardi gras. But when we picked up R from daycare, we were informed that the kids all had pancakes and sausage for “Shrove Tuesday.” I had heard the term “Shrove Tuesday” and assumed that the pancakes and sausage correlated to the “fatness” of Fat Tuesday, but it took a trip down Wikipedia lane to understand that we now live in Pancake Day territory:
Pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent because they were a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent. The liturgical fasting emphasized eating plainer food and refraining from food that would give pleasure: In many cultures, this means no meat, dairy, or eggs.
In Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and New Zealand the day is also known as “Pancake Day” as it is a common custom to eat pancakes as a meal.
Let it be noted in our file that henceforth, we shall diligently observe Pancake Day like true members of the Commonwealth.