What day is always 47 days before Easter? Shrove Tuesday! Also known as Pancake Tuesday, this day always precedes Ash Wednesday. It is a day surrounding self-examination and considering what wrongs need to be repented, as well areas in need of personal growth through spirituality.
The origin of ‘Pancake’ Tuesday is rooted in eating richly and luxuriously before the season of repentance and fasting begins the following day. Pancakes are also an ideal way to use up the left over luxuries from your fridge and pantry to ensure those fasting for Lent won’t be tempted in the coming 40 days.
These fluffy rounds can also help communities raise money through the sharing of food and many Christian groups use this as an opportunity not just to gather together but also to help support their latest projects.
The Pancake Day Appeal run by Uniting Vic.Tas and UnitingCare South Australia has been supporting such events Australia-wide for 17 years raising millions to give a step-up to those facing tough times.
This year, Pancake Day is Tuesday, February 13th and communities from Hobart in Tasmania to Joondanna in Western Australia, and many places inbetween will come together to flip pancakes and raise funds to help peoples when they need it the most.
Anyone is welcome to register an event at pancakeday.com.au and share recipes, photos and other details of their events using the hashtag #ucpancakeday2018.
Whether you spend it with family, friends, or your community, we hope you enjoy Shrove Tuesday and the indulgence before Lent.