Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pancake Day

'Pancake Day (otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday) is the day before Lent. Lent is the 40-day-long period running up to Easter during which Christians traditionally fasted. During Lent it used to be forbidden to eat any dairy products, so Pancake Day therefore evolved from the need to eat up any rich ingredients before the abstinence of Lent. The Pancake race is a tradition started in Olney, Buckinghamshire, UK, way back in 1445. The aim of the race is simple: run as fast as you can while tossing a pancake with a frying pan. This requires a certain amount of skill to avoid breaking the pancake! The course in Olney is 415 yards long, starting at the Bull Hotel and finishing at the Parish Church.'
                                                                                         In PANCAKE DAY

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Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the date varies from year to year and falls between 3 February and 9 March. This year, Pancake Day is on Tuesday 21 February.
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