It ´s Pancake Day!
It’s a day where people make lots of pancakes with all sorts of toppings and play all sorts of pancake-related games. Why do we have a day where everyone eats the same thing… and why is that thing pancakes?
What is Pancake Day?
Pancake Day is also known as Shrove Tuesday and is happening on 16 February in 2021. It happens on a different day every year to mark the start of the Christian festival of Lent. Lent is traditionally a time of fasting and sacrifice, and often Christian children give things up – such as chocolate.
Why do we eat pancakes?
The tradition comes from families using up all ingredients in their cupboards so that they can start Lent the next day.
The ingredients – eggs, flour and milk – used to be very common things for people to give up for Lent, so it made sense to use them all up. These days it’s probably the toppings that we’re likely to give up – such as chocolate or sweets!
What is Lent?
In Christian tradition Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts until Easter. Lent is a period of 40 days where Christians remember the events leading up to and including the death of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the Son of God and whose life and teachings are the foundation of Christianity. A lot of people use Lent as a way of testing their willpower – often giving up things like chocolate or other sweet treats before Easter. Millions of people do this as a sign of sacrifice, and Christians do it to represent Jesus Christ’s sacrifice when he went into the desert to pray and fast for the 40 days before later dying on the cross. According to the Bible, Jesus then came back to life on Easter Sunday. This is the most important day in the Christian calendar.