So, tomorrow is, depending on your culture, religion, location, or personal traditions, Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras (yes, I know that’s the same as the first just in another language), Shrove Tuesday, and/or Pancake Day. Whatever you call it, for millions around the world, it’s a day to get out all your sinning before the start of Lent, the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter.
In some parts of the world, like New Orleans, the pre-Lenten celebration includes some Girls Gone Wild type action, copious consumption of booze, and all out debauchery in preparation for obligatory fast and abstinence days (not that kind of abstinence, no). In other parts of the world, this day is celebrated not with beads, booze, and boobs but with . . . pancakes?
In England (here and here, for example), Shrove Tuesday is also Pancake Day. I’ve been told – possibly just to make me sounds stupid by repeating it to a limitless web audience – that Pancakes aren’t normal breakfast fare in the UK aside from Pancake Day. This, combined with their lack of actual biscuits makes me question their being called a civilized nation, but hey, who am I to judge. But let’s be clear, New Orleans and Rio: drunk, naked, parading the streets. England: pancakes, whilst fully clothed, at the table.
I haven’t had pancakes in a long time and since it’s too cold to run topless through the streets, I think I’ll celebrate pancake day myself tomorrow and spend the time while I’m eating wondering what I’ll give up for Lent. How ’bout you all – anyone out there follow those traditions? Giving up anything good this year?
So Happy Pancake Day!/Mardi Gras!/Etc! If you celebrate any of those in any way, feel free to share your plans and stories below!