Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day

Shrove Tuesday has a Christian origin but is widely enjoyed by all British families. The Christian calendar has a period called ‘Lent’, when Christians traditionally eat less rich food as a penitence, and so use up remaining rich ingredients just before the start of Lent. The day before Lent is known as Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day.

Shrove Tuesday (五旬節の火曜日)はキリスト教徒の習慣ですが、イギリスの家庭で広く楽しまれています。キリスト教のカレンダーにはレント(四旬節)という期間があり、クリスチャンは懺悔の意味を込め、質素な食事をとります。そのため、レントの前には贅沢な食物を使い果たします。レントの前日はShrove  Tuesday またはパンケーキデイと呼ばれます。

The British pancake is similar to a crepe, and not like the the US pancake, which Japanese know as hot cake. It is made of only flour, eggs and milk, and is cooked in a frying pan. It is popular and fun to ‘flip’ the pancake to cook on the other side. Pancakes are usually eaten with lemon juice, sugar or any sweet filling.



There are some local area Pancake Day events such as a race carrying a frying pan with a pancake in, wearing aprons and headscarves.: