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Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day

22 Feb 09 - 07:45 PM (#2573336)
Subject: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: open mike

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.


22 Feb 09 - 10:16 PM (#2573433)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake
From: Janie

My church (Episcopal) has a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper. At the end of the supper, we burn the crosses and braids we made from palm leaves on Palm Sunday the previous year, and we sing hymns softly as the palms burn.   The ashes are then used to mark our foreheads during the Ash Wednesday services to mark the beginning of Lent.


23 Feb 09 - 05:34 AM (#2573558)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake
From: Bill S from Adelaide

I thought the ingredients of pancakes are avoided during Lent so they are used up as they won't keep. We had a morris tour of pancake establishments many years ago in Sydney but I couldn't convince Pancakes on the Rocks that there was a Pancake Day! Unlike Brisbane where it was a major event with city streets closed (Is it still so?)
Wassail
Bill


08 Mar 11 - 03:22 AM (#3109439)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: open mike

I saw an article that mentioned there were soccer games in england and
some streets were closed to allow the games to be played .


08 Mar 11 - 03:45 AM (#3109446)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: SteveMansfield

I saw an article that mentioned there were soccer games in england and
some streets were closed to allow the games to be played .


Were?

Games are still current in Ashbourne in Derbyshire, Corfe in Dorset, Alnwick in Northumberland, and probably many others I can't think of OTTOMH. Shop windows will be boarded up and various bits of street furniture put into storage at this very instant ...


08 Mar 11 - 04:51 AM (#3109472)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: Noreen

Pancake race today in Alcester, Warwickshire

(Shame I'll be at work.)


08 Mar 11 - 05:48 AM (#3109495)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: GUEST,chris cole

We live near Ashbourne in Derbyshire, scene of the famous "football" game. Surely, this is one of the oldest Shrovetide celebrations in the UK and the first recorded instance was in 1400. It is often cited as the source of the term "local derby" as the game is contested by the "uppards" and "downards", who live either side of the Henmore brook, which runs through the town.


08 Mar 11 - 11:00 AM (#3109648)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: SylviaN

Yes, the ball was "turned up" at 2 p.m. this afternoon. I shall be there to watch it tomorrow. We had a "hug" in front of our house a couple of years ago, but, unfortunately, we weren't at home to see it.

For more information, go to this website.

Cheers

Sylvia


08 Mar 11 - 10:47 PM (#3110092)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: GUEST,leeneia

We observed the day by having a Louisiana dinner. Chicken and andouih (sp) sausage in a tomato sauce. Dessert was cookies made with sorghum - the syrup, not the flour.


09 Mar 11 - 10:10 AM (#3110340)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: SylviaN

Well, we tried to keep out of the Shrovetide Wednesday Ball, but it just kept following us. Lovely crowd.


10 Mar 11 - 02:40 AM (#3110905)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: Wheatman

Just got back from Germany (Walldurn) having spent 5 days at Carnival with German Straw Bears, brilliant. It all ends on Shrove Tuesday.
There was Shrove Tuesday football in my home town of Chester-le Street, Co Durham, but it was banned.
Perhaps I should have revived that event and not got distracted with Straw Bears?


10 Mar 11 - 04:54 AM (#3110950)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: GUEST,banjoman

I was always told that pancakes were traditionally cooked over a fire made from the decorations (and the tree) used last Christmas. However, as the tradition of the tree in this country does not go back very far, its probably an old wives (or mothers in this case) tale


11 Feb 16 - 01:33 PM (#3772049)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: GUEST

Good coverage of this year's Ashbourne Shrovetide hugball game in the Guardian.


11 Feb 16 - 02:48 PM (#3772063)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: Mr Red

did anyone sing the "Wild Shrover" ?


I'll get my coat................


12 Feb 16 - 02:30 PM (#3772284)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: GUEST, topsie

Has anyone else heard of this tradition?


12 Feb 16 - 03:38 PM (#3772305)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: mg

I was in Quebec City for Carnival one year. People dressed up like onions and carried canes that looked like peppermint sticks but you could drink out of them, and they did. It was quite interesting...


19 Feb 17 - 03:06 PM (#3839995)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: GUEST,keberoxu

Looking ahead a week or two!


20 Feb 17 - 12:24 PM (#3840178)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: keberoxu

Don't recall ever eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday.


20 Feb 17 - 01:49 PM (#3840204)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: GUEST

Oh keberoxu, you must eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and with proper Maple syrup as well. You are missing out on a right treat.


21 Feb 17 - 12:59 PM (#3840492)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: keberoxu

Lent starts on the late side this year.


22 Feb 17 - 12:09 AM (#3840645)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: Thompson

In Ireland we eat pancakes; while maple syrup is now in every supermarket, on Shrove Tuesday we eat them the traditional way, with a melting combination of butter, sugar and lemon juice.


22 Feb 17 - 01:09 AM (#3840647)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: Joe Offer

Now, for those of us who married Polish, the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday is Pączki Day (punch-key), celebrated with jelly donuts.

Cheers!

-Joe-


22 Feb 17 - 08:07 AM (#3840720)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: GUEST,Malcolm Storey

We leave Oz on the 28th - so unless Emirates decide to please us with ethnic grub we will have to wait until we are back in the UK on 1st March to spread our treacle.

Incidentally Easter is also quite late this year, but not the latest it can be. That happened about 5 years ago and does not happen again for quite some time.


22 Feb 17 - 10:05 AM (#3840743)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: FreddyHeadey

Shrove Tuesday Calendar
https://www.calendar-12.com/holidays/Shrove_Tuesday/ 

..... Shrove Tuesday is exactly 47 days before Easter Sunday
Easter Sunday dates 2000-2099 :
https://www.assa.org.au/edm 


22 Feb 17 - 01:18 PM (#3840796)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: JMB

I usually just eat pancakes. On Ash Wednesday, I go to mass. I have been trying to give up smoking, so I think on Ash Wednesday I will be sure to get rid of the ciggies for Lent. Hopefully I can remain smoke free after Lent. That's my goal this year.


19 Feb 19 - 06:35 PM (#3977862)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: keberoxu

refreshing, to be on the very early side.

It just dawned on me that
Lent and Easter are REALLY late in 2019.


21 Feb 19 - 07:07 PM (#3978237)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: GUEST

5 March, 2019 is Fat Tuesday this year.
Lent will be here before you know it.


23 Feb 19 - 05:16 PM (#3978614)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day
From: zwizard

A local church holds a free pancake supper every year to celebrate Shrove Tuesday and takes donations for their church. This from an article in my hometown newspaper The Urbana Daily Citizen. The observance of Shrove Tuesday with a pancake meal allegedly dates back thousands of years to a pagan ritual. Believing that they could speed up the advent of spring, pagans consumed hot, round, fried cakes symbolizing the sun, in hopes of accelerating the return of warmth and light. The seasons changed right on schedule and pancakes got the credit.

In the Christian Church, Shrove Tuesday or the southern tradition of Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) precedes Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the forty-day Lenten period of prayer, penance and fasting culminating in Easter.

Early Christians were to confess and be “shriven,” or absolved, on Shrove Tuesday. But it’s the fasting that appears to have prompted the pancake tradition. Milk and eggs were forbidden during Lent and consuming quantities of pancakes the night before cleared the pantry of these ingredients and temptation.

Lenten eve in the southern United States is observed as a carnival – from the Latin carnelevarium, to take away meat. As early as 1665 French explorers celebrated the tradition at a place they called Point du Mardi Gras on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana.

The carnival still bears the name of that place and Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, has evolved into a week of abundant feasting and frivolity, extravagantly-costumed, masked balls and nocturnal processions, all done to the accompaniment of the jazz music born in the American south.