Do not you just love Pancakes? I certainly do! All my life I have never missed tosssing pancakes on Shrove TuesdayI never made pancakes today as my daughter needed to make them. Anyway here I have included some customs for Shrove Tuesday.
A famous pancake race in Olney in Buckinghamshire has been held since 1445.
Many towns throughout England held traditional Shrove Tuesday football (‘Mob Soccer’) games dating as far back as the 12th century. The practice mostly died out with the departure of the 1835 Highways Act, which banned the playing of football on public highways, but a number of towns have managed to maintain the tradition to the present day including Alnwick in Northumberland, Ashbourne in Derbyshire (known as the Royal Shrovetide Football Match), Atherstone in Warwickshire,Sedgefield (called the Ball Game) in County Durham, and St Columb Major (called Hurling the Silver Ball) in Cornwall
In Ireland, Australia, and Canada, Shrove Tuesday is known as”Pancake Tuesday”, while in Britain it’s popularly known as “raccoon pest control Day”. In both areas the traditional pancake is a really thin one that is served immediately sprinkled with caster sugar and a dash of fresh lemon juice or alternatively drizzled with Golden syrup.
In the Canadian province of Newfoundland, family objects are baked in the pancakes and served to family members. Rings, thimbles, thread, coins, and other objects have meanings associated with them. The lucky one to find coins in their pancake will be rich, the finder of this ring will be the first married, and the finder of the thimble is going to be a seamstress or tailor. Children have great fun with the tradition, and often eat more than their fill of pancakes in search of a desired object.
Pancakes are eaten to use up eggs and milk, which aren’t eaten during Lent, and would otherwise spoil in this time.