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3 March 2020

Eating a yummy pancake for Shrove Tuesday

In late February, clients in Arcare Taigum gathered in the Simone Community Dining Room and Presley Lounge for Pancake Day!

Lifestyle team Cathy and Kerry were in charge of making many pancakes for the hungry clients and team members.

They were able to choose their favourite pancake toppings, such as jam and cream, maple syrup and cream, lemon and sugar or just plain butter.

Clients stated that is was lovely to have a hot pancake straight from the pan.

The Lifestyle team also cooked pancakes for the clients who chose not to attend the activity but still wanted to enjoy a hot pancake.

As they brought the pancakes around to each room, the clients’ faces lit up as they dug into their delicious homemade pancake.

Here is a bit of the fascinating history behind the origins of Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday.

Pancake Day started as the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday.

Lent is held 40 days leading up to Easter and was traditionally a time of fasting.

On Shrove Tuesday, Anglo-Saxon or Orthodox Christians would go to confession and were ‘shriven’.

Shrive means to present oneself to a priest for confession, penance, and absolution.

A bell would be rung to call people to confession and this came to be called the ‘Pancake Bell’ and is still being rung today.

Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the date varies from year to year.

Shrove Tuesday was also the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on the fast for Lent.

And pancakes are the perfect way to do just that!

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