Tuesday, 8 February 2005
today is Pancake Day. I am not kidding
I have been seeing signs everywhere for Pancake Day. I thought -- "how nice -- like a pancake breakfast for a school or something." But then people at work started talking about it. Wha?
Apparently it is an Actual internationally recognized Day. Jeez -- is February THAT dull that we need to name a day after flapjacks? Well, here it should really be called Crepe Day -- because what they call pancakes are FAR from I-Hop's ideas.
Actually, pancake day's official title is Shrove Tuesday -- hich is the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. Since Lent is a time of abstinence - traditionally of meat, fat, eggs and dairy products - so Shrove Tuesday was the day to consume the last of the fat, eggs and dairy products in the kitchen prior to this period.
I think this is also the notion behind Fat Tuesday -- although that seems so much more about jazz and public drinking.
For those of you who are as un-enlightened as I was -- read all about the history of Pancake Day. And Shrove Tuesday.
Proving that it really is the tumbleweed season of activity.