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Here are some facts about Shrove Tuesday (often called Pancake Day in the United Kingdom). Shrove Tuesday is a Christian festival to mark the start of Lent. Lent is a period of about six weeks when Christians are meant to practise abstinence by giving up luxuries or uneccessary things. Lent ends on Maundy Thursday, the day before Good Friday. Traditionally, Shrove Tuesday is associated with pancakes being eaten. This was the last chance to eat rich foods before Lent, and an opportunity to use up all of the luxury foods (such as fat, butter and eggs which British pancakes are made of) which might go off during Lent.

Although it always falls on a Tuesday, the exact date of Pancake Day changes from year to year. It is always 47 days before Easter Sunday, and this means that it is possible for Pancake Day to be on any day between 3rd February or 9th March. Shrove Tuesday is celebrated by Christians all over the world, but the festival is known by different names. In the UK, Ireland and Australia the celebration is most often called Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday.

In France and the French-speaking and Catholic communities of the United States, they refer to Shrove Tuesday as Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday)
In Greece it s called Apocreas (from the meat) as many Greek Christians give up meat during Lent. Create an account to start reviewing resources, or if you already have an account, log in! Used this today with my Y2s, before we ate pancakes.

Just the right level of information, very useful, thanks Twinkl. With Reception and Year 1, before we make pancake batter and cook it. Will show this powerpoint before we make our class pancakes. I will show the children this powerpoint before we make and eat our own pancakes. Children will also complete the activity 'My Ideal Pancake'. Absolutely love this! Just perfect for my class on Tuesday - thanks so much Twinkl! Will use this on Shrove Tuesday, bit of cultural/religious teaching.

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