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Shrove Tuesday/ Pancake Day 16/2/2021

Pancake Day: Everything you need to know about Shrove Tuesday




Shrove Tuesday

The long build up to Easter is called Lent. The day before Lent begins is called Shrove Tuesday. 'Shrove' means being forgiven for wrong-doings. It happens on a different date each year depending on when Easter is. This year Shrove Tuesday is on 16 February, 2021.


Another name for Shrove Tuesday is Pancake Day. Long ago this was a day for feasting and having a good time. People went to church to confess the bad things they had done and would be 'shriven' or forgiven before the start of Lent. As rich foods such as eggs were forbidden during Lent, one way of using them up would be to make pancakes.


Many people make pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and in some parts of the UK run in pancake races. This custom grew up because of a legend dating from 1445. On Shrove Tuesday one woman was still making pancakes as the church bells rang. Rather than be late she took her frying pan and pancake with her.


Watch the video below to find out more about shrove Tuesday. 

Shrove Tuesday: Why Pancakes?!



Below you will find a variety of activities all based around Shrove Tuesday/ Pancake day. Open the power-point to find out lots of fun facts, learn more about lent or do a bit of 'pancake' maths it's up to you.


Have fun making pancakes this shrove Tuesday!