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Thread #118875   Message #2573336
Posted By: open mike
22-Feb-09 - 07:45 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
Subject: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
I am planning on baking semlor, or Shrove Tuesday almond paste buns next week.

The day is celebrated in various ways around the world..
where people eat rich foods, party and generally experience
excess prior to "giving it up for lent" on Ash Wednesday.

Swedes eat rich cardamom buns with almond paste and whipped cream
inside, often served in a bowl of warm milk. Semla, plural = semlor.

This is the same day that Mardi Gras (which is French
for Fat Tuesday) is celebrated in New Orleans, and Carnival is
celebrated in Brazil and other countries.

In England there is Pancake day.

Do you celebrate this in your area?
Any other information about this event, or tradition.

I think there is something about consuming the last supplies
of "fat" (bacon grease? butter?) in order to prepare for the new season.