Pancake Day has a rich history that dates back hundreds of years. It combines a joyous sense of celebration with deep and meaningful elements. Pancake Day is observed every year on the day prior to Ash Wednesday, a religious holiday. It can also be called Shrove Tuesday in the UK, Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday.
It’s now time to celebrate Pancake Day and learn more!
Pancake Day is associated with Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Lent is a season of religious fasting that is observed by Christians prior to Easter. Lent, which is 40 days long, has no Sundays and therefore, 46 days before Easter.
This day was traditionally marked by a bell being rung to call Christians into church to absolve them of their sins or “shriven”. That is how the Shrove Tuesday name came about. This day is for confession in the church.
Since Lent is a season of abstinence and was established in 600 AD, Pope Gregory ordered that Christians abstain all animal products and meat during the entire Lent season which began on Ash Wednesday.
Pancake Day was born out of the need to use up any remaining butter, eggs, or milk that had been in the home before Lent began. Families began looking for quick and easy ways to use these ingredients. In England and Ireland, this result was a day of making-and eating-copious amounts of pancakes!
Pancake Day is a joy for all who enjoy making and eating pancakes. These fun ideas are great for celebrating Pancake Day. You can also make your own.
Pancakes can be fun to make, even for those who aren’t chefs. Mix together a mixture of flour, eggs and butter, or oil or milk, with a little sugar. Baking powder can be used to make a thicker, fluffier American-style pancake.
After the batter has been mixed, you can pour it in small or large quantities onto a hot griddle and flip each side until golden brown. Pancake Day participants will often perform the flipping of the pancakes ceremonially and attach it to various ideas about luck and fortune for the next year.
For a British-inspired look, top them with lemon juice and powdered Sugar. Maple syrup is also a good option.
Pancake Day has many fun traditions that families and cultures include in celebrations, such as these:
In celebration of Pancake Day, some restaurants may offer discounts, special pricing, or unique menu items. The International House of Pancakes is one example of such a restaurant.
IHOP offers free pancakes as part of its Pancake Day celebrations. Every guest who comes to IHOP on Pancake Day can get a free short stack, consisting of three buttermilk pancakes. This will be served with their rest of the meal. IHOP uses this day to raise money and accept donations for children with medical needs, such as the Children’s Miracle Network, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Shriners Children’s Hospitals.
IHOP has many locations throughout the United States. However, IHOP also has locations in Mexico, Canada, South America and the Middle East. This makes it an attractive option for Pancake Day celebrations in all parts of the globe.
This is a day to honor tradition, but it can also be a day to go beyond the usual. Pancakes can be made in many ways and are simple to make. These ideas will give a new twist to your regular pancake recipe.