So next week on the 9th February it’s Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday, which we know better as Mardi Gras. Pancake Day happens on the eve of Ash Wednesday, the first day of the 40 day Lent fast. In many places there is an accompanying Fat Thursday where literally you eat all your leftover lard and butter before the fasting starts. In some cultures the pancakes represent the sun and its return after a long winter away. The “Shrove” part is all about confession, absolution and having a long good look at yourself in a kind of end-of-financial year spiritual audit. Other cultures go the other way with a sort of temporary debauchery and turning social conventions upside down Mardi Gras approach. What do you like on your pancakes?

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