What is Pancake Day?

Pancake Day, otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday is a traditional feast day before the Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent is a festival that tells we have 40 days till Easter. During this 40 day period, people do fasting and different types of prayers. Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the date alters from year to year and falls between February 3 and March 9. This Year (2019), Shrove Tuesday will fall on March 5th.

What is a Pancake?

A pancake is a thin made up of eggs, flour, salt and milk. These four ingredients symbolise four special meanings. Eggs symbolise creation, flour represents the staff of life, salt indicates wholesomeness and milk signifies purity. To make the perfect pancake, mix together all the ingredients and whisk it well. Leave it to stand for 30 minutes and heat a little bit of oil in a frying pan, pour in enough batter to cover the base of the pan and let it cook until the base of the pancake has browned. Then shake the pan to loosen the pancake and flip the pancake over to brown the other side.

What are Pancake Races?

Pancake races are an extremely vital part of Shrove Tuesday. This event includes many people wearing chef outfits to run down the streets tossing pancakes. Each contestant has a frying pan containing three hot pancakes. In order to win the race, they must toss the pancake three times, then go to the Church and serve her pancake to the Bellringer and has to be kissed by him. The famous pancake races take place at Olney in Buckinghamshire. 

Overall in this article, I hope you understood the importance of Pancake day is and why we celebrate it.