Updated: Jan 19
It is no surprise that pancakes are a part of many cuisines and cultures around the world, as they are delicious in all of their many forms, so it is no coincidence that pancakes also have their special day celebrated in many countries.
When is Pancake Day? Pancake Day 2023 is on Tuesday, February 21, 2023.
What is Pancake Day?
Pancake Day, also called Pancake Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras (which is French for "Fat Tuesday"), is the last day of feasting before Lent begins on the following day, Ash Wednesday. It's called so due to the custom of eating pancakes on this day, a tradition that comes from a time when any remaining rich foods were eaten on the day before Lent to use them up, and fasting begins.
Pancake Day is a moveable feast whose date is determined by Easter, and it's celebrated exactly 47 days before Easter Sunday. The date can vary from as early as February 3 to as late as March 9.
Easter takes place on a different date each year because it depends on the moon. Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring. Traditionally, during Lent, people didn’t eat rich foods like butter and eggs, so to use them up they made pancakes from these ingredients on Shrove Tuesday.
The ingredients for pancakes can be seen to symbolize four points of significance at this time of year: Eggs ~ Creation Flour ~ The staff of life Salt ~ Wholesomeness Milk ~ Purity