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Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day is the day before Ash Wednesday. In some Christian churches it is a day of confession and repentance. It could be translated as “martes de arrepentimiento”.

Shrove Tuesday (known in some countries as Pancake Tuesday) is the day in February or March preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) and is celebrated in some countries cooking and eating pancakes. In others, particularly those where it is called Mardi Gras or some translation of it, this is a day of carnival, and also the last day of fat food or gorging before the fasting time of Lent.

The exact date of Pancake day changes every year, because it is determined by when Easter falls. It is celebrated 47 days before Easter Sunday, 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.

What does Shrove Tuesday mean?

The term Shrove Tuesday comes from the word shrive, meaning absolve. Traditionally, Anglo-Saxon Christians would go to church to confession and be absolved from their sins on this day. A number of Christians, including Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, and Roman Catholics, who make a special point of self-examination, consider what wrongs they need to confess, and what changes in life or areas of moral growth they especially need to follow God’s help in dealing with.

However, although it is consecrated in Christian tradition, Pancake Day might have a pagan origin, when eating warm, round pancakes – symbolising the sun- was a way to celebrate the arrival of spring.

As well as eating pancakes, there are pancake races, where people run while flipping their pancakes in a pan. Legend has it that the tradition started in the 15th century, when a very disorganised woman in Buckinghamshire rushed to church to confess her sins while making pancakes.

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