Shrove Tuesday 2009 (Pancake Day)
Shrove Tuesday is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday. It is the last day before the period called Lent, which is a time of abstinence and giving things up. It is a day of celebration and penitence. The festive is celebrated throughout the UK, and in other countries too. The name of “Shrove” origins from the old word “shrive” which refers to confess. In the Middle Ages, people used to confess their sins on this day so that they were forgiven before the season of Lent start.
It is always 47 days ahead of Easter Sunday. Therefore the date varies from year to year and falls between 3rd February and 9th March.
The day is also known as Pancake Day or Pancake Tuesday, as it is traditional to eat pancakes on this day. Lent. As people are not allowed to indulge themselves on foods during Lent, they will enjoy pancakes on this day as they contain fat, butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent.