Everyone is invited to a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, February 13 starting at 6:00PM. This will be open to the public as well, so please invite extended family and friends. Admission will be by donation.
Shrove Tuesday (also known in Commonwealth countries and Ireland as Pancake Tuesday or Pancake Day) is the day in February or March immediately preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes. In others, especially those where it is called Mardi Gras or some translation thereof, this is a carnival day, and also the last day of “fat eating” or “gorging” before the fasting period of Lent. The expression “Shrove Tuesday” comes from the word shrive, meaning “absolve”.
Pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent because they were a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent. The liturgical fasting emphasized eating plainer food and refraining from food that would give pleasure: in many cultures, this means no meat, dairy products, or eggs.
We’re going to need your help with the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. There will be a clipboard on the kitchen counter asking for volunteers to sign up for one of these tasks:
- Set Up
- Cooking (pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs)
- Clean Up
Thanking you in advance for your help!