The ‘pancakes’ are patties made from milk, eggs, flour and sugar. While they are typical of the Anglo-Saxon countries in almost all cultures there is a similar food. Some countries, like the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, have in their festive calendar a ‘Pancake Day’: one day a year in which the pancakes are the protagonists. During the day it is traditional to eat them, and no excuses not to do.
The curious ‘Pancake Day’ for us is that the pancakes in most of these countries are accompanied by a kind of ‘Nutella’ based on butter and lemon marmalade.
What is ‘Pancake Day’?
The ‘Pancake Day’, or ‘Shrove Tuesday’, is a celebration of the Christian calendar that sits on the eve of ‘Ash Wednesday’, when the fast of ‘Lent’ start. Equivalent to our ‘Mardi Gras’. The idea is that during the ‘Pancake Day’ consumed foods rich in fat and that over the next 40 days, the duration of the ‘Lent’, are prohibited. So on that last day before fasting butter, eggs, sugar and milk that was in the house were used to make pancakes.
Although today has lost some reason, since it is rare to find someone who practices a strict fast, and the custom has endured during the ‘Pancake Day’ in England, Wales and Scotland is traditional to eat ‘pancake’s for dessert.
March 4, 2014
The ‘Pancake Day’ is celebrated 47 days before the ‘Easter Sunday’. The date is set according to the lunar cycle and each year varies, generally ranging between February 3 and March 9. This year the ‘Pancake Day’ will be held on March 4. So the date indicated in the calendar are:
– First celebrated on ‘Pancake Day’ (‘Shrove Tuesday’ or ‘Mardi Gras’)
– The next day takes place the ‘Ash Wednesday’ and starts the ‘Lent’
– 47 days after we will celebrate ‘Easter Sunday’