CHRISTIANITY | Shrove Tuesday

13 February

Shrove Tuesday is the last day before the beginning of Lent, which takes place over a period of forty days and forty nights in respect of the time Jesus is said to have spent fasting in the desert. ‘Shrove’ comes from the Old English scrīfan, which the Catholic Church adopted to refer to the act of assigning penance to sinners and, later, to hearing confession and administering absolution. For more on the etymology of shrive please click here

In Great Britain, Shrove Tuesday is also known as Pancake Day because people traditionally make pancakes to use up the eggs, fats and milk that are forbidden during Lent. For more information about shrove Tuesday please click here