It's the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of Lent (for us Catholics anyway), and is known as Shrove Tuesday here in the UK. According to Wikipedia, "The expression "Shrove Tuesday" comes from the word shrive, meaning "confess"." It's more commonly known as Pancake Day, and I recall that last year, I had pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A bit of an overkill if I may say so myself. This year though, I haven't had any pancakes at all. Pancakes were so you could use up all the leftover milk and eggs in the house in preparation for the fast and abstinence (from meat and eggs) in Lent. Not really complaining though, I'm sorry to say this but American pancakes are way nicer than British pancakes.
|American pancakes. Image from: http://www.gamespot.com/forums/offtopic-discussion-314159273/european-pancakes-vs-american-pancakes-29092525/|
|British pancakes. Image from: http://veggieofile.blogspot.co.uk/2011/03/american-pancake-v-english-pancake.html|
Anyway, Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and alms-giving.
"Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty. Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance. I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt." - Pope Francis (read full text here)
And I pray that I may have the discipline to do what I need to do, to do what I should do.