What do pancakes have to do with Christianity?
Pancakes kick off the church season of Lent, which usually begins around mid-February each year and lasts a little over seven weeks. The ‘eve’ of Lent is officially known as Shrove Tuesday – unofficially ‘Pancake Day’ – and Lent begins on the Wednesday afterwards, called Ash Wednesday.
There are some times in the church year which are about waiting and preparing. Advent is about preparing for Christmas, and the celebration of Jesus’ birth. Lent is another time of preparation – this time leading up to Easter. Traditionally, Christians give something up (‘fast’) as a way of reflecting on the sacrifices that Jesus made – firstly in leaving God’s home to live on earth, and ultimately in giving his own life to bring life to others.
In our Lent section, you will find articles on Shrove Tuesday explaining where the name comes from and also why we eat pancakes. (You might even find some top tips for making them yourself!). Discover more about what makes Ash Wednesday such an unusual day to be in church, and find out how different Christians choose to spend their 40 days of Lent.Bookmark