In this conversation class students found out why Shrove Tuesday is known as pancake day and why it is celebrated in the United Kingdom.
A bit of history… Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, to give it its proper name, is the Tuesday 40 days before Easter Sunday, the day before Ash Wednesday. This time of the year is know as lent. During this period, people give something up; anything from food to bad habits! It is also traditionally a time to reflect upon where you are on your journey in life. The 40 days comes from the story of Jesus going into the Judaean desert to fast and reflect, after being baptised by John the Baptist. This is why people are encouraged to give something up over lent.
So… why do we eat pancakes?! It was the last chance for a spot of indulgence before 40 days of fasting, and also an opportunity to use up food that couldn’t be eaten during Lent. This included eggs, flour, milk and fat, which were made into pancakes and eaten on that day. Today, some of the most popular toppings include lemon and sugar, which our students enjoyed trying by sprinkling sugar on their pancake and squeezing the lemon and then, of course, eating them!
If conversation class falls on a Tuesday next year our students might get lucky again!