Next Tuesday is one of the most curious Tuesdays of the year: The Pancake Day!
47 days before Easter Sunday, Catholics and Protestants enjoy their last day eating before Lent, a period of abstinence. This day, also known as Shrove Tuesday, is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, which is actually the first day of Lent. Shrove Tuesday is determined by Easter and its date changes annually. In the UK and other countries across the world it has become commonly known as ‘Pancake Day’ as it is a day when families observe the tradition of cooking and eating pancakes (It’s also known by other names around the world, including Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras). Pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent because is the last day where people could enjoy food that would give them pleasure.
This is the explanation, but not the most curious thing. Actually, the thing that we really love to show you is the Pancake Day Race. It consists in a popular team race, where the participants have to bring a frying pan with a pancake to the goal, but flipping it during the race repeatedly. But the funniest part is that people do it dressed up as famous characters or just wearing silly hats and stuff.
There are three important races in London on 4 March:
- The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race it’s placed in Dray Walk, off Brick Lane. The money raised is for London’s Air Ambulance.
- The City Livery Company of Poulters Pancake Race reached 10 years now. It’s a race of companies linked in some way with making pancakes. Known as the Poulters’ Race, the winner gets a commemorative frying pan, and all the money raised is donated to the Lord Mayor’s Charity.
- The other very famous Pancake Race in London is the Parliamentary Pancake Race. It takes place in Victoria Tower Gardens, and MPs, Lords and member of the press, run against each other. The money raised is for the charity Rehab, which helps people with disabilities and older people.
All of them have free entrance, so get your pan ready!!! 😀