Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday. Different countries have different names for this day. Popular names include Pancake Day or Pancake Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Tłusty Czwartek, Fasnacht Day, Tuesday of Carnival. Shrove Tuesday is the last day of shrovetide. Shrovetide is the same as Carnival.
The word shrove is past tense of the English verb “shrive” which means to grant absolution to a penitent by means of confession and penance. Anglo-Saxon Christians still receive absolution before Lent.
During Lent rich foods are not eaten; therefore the day before pancakes, donuts, and other treats are cooked to use up the ingredients in the house.
In the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Canada, and in parts of the United States, Shrove Tuesday is known as Pancake Tuesday. Pancakes are eaten with a sprinkling of sugar, and they are serve with sryup. Pancake races are held in villages and towns in the United Kingdom.
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