This time last year you would have already stuffed yourself full of pancakes as Pancake Day was on Tuesday 13th February. Don’t worry you haven’t missed it!

Pancakes

What is Pancake Day?

Pancake Day is originally a Christian holiday and marks the day before Lent begins.

The tradition comes from families using up all of the rich foods in their cupboards ready to start Lent the next day, where they give up something usually chocolate, sweets or alcohol.

The ingredients used to make pancakes symbolise four points of significance during this time of year. Eggs are said to signify creation, flour the staff of life, salt represents wholesomeness and milk is for purity.

When is Pancake Day?

This year, Pancake Day will on Tuesday 5th March.

Why is Pancake Day so late?

Pancake Day is determined by Easter and Shrove Tuesday signifies the start of lent and will always be exactly 47 days before Easter Sunday.

Easter itself, is very late this year – April 21st, which as a result means Pancake Day is later.

So why is Easter later?

Easter is usually celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon on or after March 21st, because it is based on the lunar calendar.

 

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