The forty days leading up to Easter is called Lent. The day before Lent begins is called Shrove Tuesday. ‘Shrove’ means being forgiven for wrong-doings. It happens on a different date each year depending on when Easter is. This year Shrove Tuesday is today 04 March, 2014.
Traditionally Shrove Tuesday was a day of feasting. People went to church to confess their sins and be ‘shriven’ or forgiven before the start of Lent. Rich foods such as eggs were forbidden during Lent. One way of using them up would be to make pancakes.
Not all Christians still celebrate lent. It is a pity, however, when we forget the roots of some of our traditions. I am puzzled as to how anyone could say “happy pancake day”. We have certainly used up plenty of eggs today. I hope I don’t have to move for a while. While I sit here there is, perhaps, a little time to consider the meaning of the time of lent.
A photo a day for 2014