Adil Kolcak

Adil Kolcak

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The Meaning of Pancake Ingredients

We also wanted to refresh your memory with questions & answers about pancake day

Here is everything you need to know about Pancake Day.

The ingredients for pancakes can be seen to symbolise four points of significance at this time of year:

Eggs = Creation

Flour = The staff of life

Salt = Wholesomeness

Milk = Purity

Why is pancake day on a different date each year ?

Britons have celebrated Pancake Day known also as Shrove Tuesday for centuries.
The exact day changes every year, because is determined by depending on Easter.

But it is always the day preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), and always falls in February or March.

The date of Shrove Tuesday is intrinsically linked to Easter, a moveable feast which falls between March 22 and April 25. This year Easter Sunday falls on April 21.

The period in between Shrove Tuesday and Easter Sunday is known as Lent and officially begins on Ash Wednesday, ending on Holy Saturday.

"Shrove Tuesday" , what does it actually mean?

The word shrove is a form of the English word shrive, which means to obtain absolution for one’s sins by way of Confession and doing penance. Thus, Shrove Tuesday was named after the custom of Christians to be “shriven” before the start of Lent.

In the United Kingdom, Ireland and parts of the Commonwealth, Shrove Tuesday is also known as “Pancake Day”, as it became a traditional custom to eat pancakes as a meal.  Elsewhere, the day has also been called “Mardi Gras”, meaning “Fat Tuesday”, after the type of celebratory meal that day.

Why Pancake Day is celebrated ?

Traditionally, pancakes were eaten on this day to use up rich, indulgent foods like eggs and milk before the fasting season of Lent began.

But although it is enshrined in Christian tradition, it is believed that Pancake Day might originate in a pagan holiday, when eating warm, round pancakes – symbolising the sun – was a way of celebrating the arrival of spring.

Seven things you didn't know about pancakes

1 – The largest pancake in the world was cooked up in Rochdale in 1994, weighing in at 6,614 lbs (that’s three tonnes!) and measuring 49 ft and 3in long.

2 – If you feel guilty about using ready made pancake mix, don’t worry – people have been doing it forever. Aunt Jemimas was invented in St Joseph, Missouri in 1889 and is claimed to be the first ever readymade pancake mixture to be sold.

3 – The world’s largest pancake breakfast was held in Springfield, America, in 2012. The breakfast saw 15,000 people get together in Main Street to enjoy a huge number of pancakes and raised $10,000 for a local charity.

4 – Pancake races happen all over England throughout Shrove Tuesday. The tradition is thought to have originated in Olney in the 15th century, after a woman lost track of time while cooking pancakes. When the bells for mass rang, she ran out of her house with the pan and pancake still in hand. Olney still holds a pancake race every year.

5 – The largest number of pancake flips in the shortest amount of time is currently 349 flips in two minutes, a record achieved by Dean Gould in Felixstowe, Suffolk, in 1995.

6 – The largest stack of pancakes ever cooked was made up of 60 pancakes and was an impressive 76cm tall.

7- It is estimated that an impressive 52 million eggs are used in Britain each year on pancake day – that’s 22 million more than every other day of the year.

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