Tuesday, February 16, 2010

On This Day....

Today is Shrove Tuesday, perhaps now better known as Pancake Day. Shrove Tuesday, celebrated in most Catholic countries as Fat Tuesday is a movable date based on the cycles of the moon. In the week before Easter Christians would repent of their sins by confession in order to be shroven or shriven of them, it is also traditional to eat up many of the rich foods in the house before the period of Lent fasting begins on the following day, Ash Wednesday.

Around Britain there are a number of traditional Shrove Tuesday events, many villages hold mob football games with hundreds of people competing on either side. The famous Pancake Race of Olney in Buckinghamshire has been held annually since 1445. A pastime that has thankfully died out was Cock-Sqwoilin, the hurling of live chickens at a target.

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