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Easter: Shrove Tuesday

What do pancakes have to do with Easter?

 

'Pancake Day' happens at the beginning of Lent, the season leading up to Easter Day. For Christians, Lent is a time of giving things up. So Pancake Day - or Shrove Tuesday as it is properly called - is the last chance to treat yourself to some tasty dishes!

Traditionally, it was the day people would use up the foods that aren't allowed in Lent because of fasting. Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter, and eggs that were once completely forbidden during Lent.

The name 'Shrove' comes from the old word 'shrive.' It means to confess, which is when people admit to all the things that you have thought, said, and done that are wrong.

On Shrove Tuesday, in the Middle Ages, people used to confess their sins to the priest so that they were forgiven before Lent began. In this film, Callum and Jack decide to make some pancakes and talk about why it is a special day for Christians today.