Christians all over he world are celebrating Shrove Tuesday today. Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday which is the beginning of the season of Lent. We are to begin fasting for six weeks preceding Easter, which is the biggest Christian Holiday. Most people think Christmas is the most important time but Christians believe Christ rose from the dead on Good Friday and went to heaven on Easter Sunday. It’s supposed to be more important although it does seem Christmas is celebrated with more fanfare.
Today is the last day we can feast. I know in North America we have adopted the tradition of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. I don’t know if other countries do this too. We don’t even refer to today as Shrove Tuesday. It’s known as Pancake Tuesday.
When I was growing up and when I was raising my own children I always had pancakes for dinner. Mostly we eat pancakes for breakfast, except for today. In the Life Skills class the students made pancakes too. My student had the job of pouring the batter on the griddle, waiting for them to brown, flip them over and put them on a plate. One of the other students made the batter and two other students put butter and maple syrup in small containers. Finally the last student rolled the cart with the yummy treat down the hall to the offices for the administration to sample. It all went very well.
Will you be having pancakes today?