By Grace Vasquez
We know today as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras. In today’s environment we all seem to enjoy (a tad too much) Fat Tuesday as we prepare for the Lent season. Fat Tuesday is always the day before Ash Wednesday which marks the day for Christians that last chance to enjoy truly rich foods (and now some adult beverages) before we fast for Lent.
As a Catholic there were specific traditions that were observed in our home for Lent. We sacrificed something we enjoy for example, giving up candy for 40 days until Easter. We also fast throughout the season, especially on Fridays, we do not eat meat.
Now, what I did not know was how Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday was tied into Lent.
Turns out, the practice has been documented for centuries by European Christians. The concept was to eat up on fatty rich foods, rich in butter, eggs, to “fatten up” before the ritual of fasting began.
I found this fascinating! Here’s a great little video that explains it all much better than I ever could. However, what I can say is while I’m not big on the “normal” festivities of Mardi Gras, I think I can get into Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday! Where’s the nearest Denny’s or IHop Siri? ~grace