01 Mar Shrove Tuesday
In the old days, to make sure that they were not tempted to continue eating as normal, people tried to eat up all their rich foods before Lent started. So they had a big feast on the Tuesday before Lent. As all the eggs, butter and flour had to be used up, it became the custom to make pancakes with these ingredients, and many of us still eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. In some countries, Shrove Tuesday is called ‘Mardi Gras’ which means ‘Fat Tuesday’.