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post #31 of 51
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Originally Posted by rosiemac
Yes but 1/2" thick ones! Honestly i wouldn't stop, or i would when i felt sick!
How can you resist though, Susan?!!!

Here's a great link that explains Shrove Tuesday!

I didn't know that it was called Fat Tuesday in the US!
post #32 of 51
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Originally Posted by Sar

I didn't know that it was called Fat Tuesday in the US!
Haven't you guys ever heard of Mardi Gras? I thought that everyone knew about Mardi Gras!
post #33 of 51
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Originally Posted by cagnes
Haven't you guys ever heard of Mardi Gras? I thought that everyone knew about Mardi Gras!
I heard about Mardi Gras but I didn't realise it's other meaning was for Shrove Tuesday!

As we call today Shrove Tuesday and the Mardi Gras I attend is in the Gay Village during Manchester Pride (not today!), it just didn't dawn on me!!
post #34 of 51
I don't have Lent, so I don't have to give up anything. Does Mardi Gras have some contection to Lent, or something? Isn't Lent something that is part of the Catholic Religion or do all Christian Faith's have Lent?
post #35 of 51
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Originally Posted by Sar
I heard about Mardi Gras but I didn't realise it's other meaning was for Shrove Tuesday!

As we call today Shrove Tuesday and the Mardi Gras I attend is in the Gay Village during Manchester Pride (not today!), it just didn't dawn on me!!
I guess we're even since I never heard of Shrove Tuesday... until today that is! What does Shrove mean, is that a pancake? I love learning what goes on in other parts of the world!

If the Mardi Gras during Manchester Pride isn't the day before Ash Wednesday, than it isn't really Mardi Gras. Mardi means Tuesday & Gras means fat which is always the day before Ash Wednesday. I guess it can be considered a faux Mardi Gras.
post #36 of 51
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Originally Posted by HopeHacker
I don't have Lent, so I don't have to give up anything. Does Mardi Gras have some contection to Lent, or something? Isn't Lent something that is part of the Catholic Religion or do all Christian Faith's have Lent?
Since Christians are supposed to give up something for Lent, Mardi Gras is the last day before you have to be good for Lent. So there's a big party, since a lot of people (used to) give up alcohol for Lent. I think now it's just an excuse for a big party, though.

I've never heard of having pancakes today, though. Funny, I heard on the radio that IHOP or Village Inn is giving everyone a short stack (3 small pancakes) today and I couldn't figure out why! LOL Now I know!
post #37 of 51
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Originally Posted by HopeHacker
I don't have Lent, so I don't have to give up anything. Does Mardi Gras have some contection to Lent, or something? Isn't Lent something that is part of the Catholic Religion or do all Christian Faith's have Lent?
Yes, Mardi Gras does have connections to Lent. I don't know which other Christain faiths practice Lent... I'm Catholic.

I found this info on the net & it also expains what Shrove means. It's not a type of pancake like I thought , it means to "to repent."

History of Mardi Gras.
post #38 of 51
I was born and rasied in New Orleans (actually Mandeville) so I'm used to celebrating Mardi Gras. Which basically means you cook alot of food and eat since you can't eat on Ash Wenesday. My friends on the block and I would go from house to house to find food and we lived in a small town, small neighborhood so it was the commonplace. I loved Mardi Gras block parties with king cake.

Today, my boyfriend and I are hosting a mini-celbration for a friend of ours. I'll be making the gumbo (yay!) and he's making the king cake (triple yay!).

I'm catholic and still trying decide what to give up for Lent. Although I'm thinking of something private, knownst only to me. I'm tired of doing the same things like chocolate. Either that or adding something like bible reading for 30 minutes into my day everyday.
post #39 of 51
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Originally Posted by valanhb

I've never heard of having pancakes today, though. Funny, I heard on the radio that IHOP or Village Inn is giving everyone a short stack (3 small pancakes) today and I couldn't figure out why! LOL Now I know!
I saw that too!
post #40 of 51
I'm not Catholic, so don't celebrate Lent, but I did go to IHOP for a free short stack (3 pancakes) for lunch today! Along with my chicken caesar salad! I tried all the flavors of syrup, too. Mmmm...but yes, they will be on my hips forever!

I think the initial idea for Fat Tuesday is that people were using up their butter and sugar before the Lent season. (Thats what I heard on the news!)
post #41 of 51
Yummy idea! Pure Maple Syrup for me, please! Although I'm not Catholic, I enjoy observing Lent and have been pondering what to fast this year. For years now, along with some other item, I've tried giving up not getting adequate sleep, but have never succeeded. Perhaps this year would be the charm.
post #42 of 51
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Originally Posted by cagnes
Yes, Mardi Gras does have connections to Lent. I don't know which other Christain faiths practice Lent... I'm Catholic.
Well I'm Lutheran, and we have Lent.

And I have NEVER heard of this whole pancake thing either!! I don't get it though
What is it all about and why? Is it just like - you have lotsa pancakes before you give something up? Does anyone know where it came from?


Oh and for Lent I am giving up TCS


..........Just kidding!!!!!!
Seriously though, I am going to try to be on the computer less and give up soda & umm, MOST chocolate. I'm going for reasonable goals here-
post #43 of 51
i LOVE pancakes with ham and cheeze inside them. In Holland their pancakes are so big, it's hard to finish just ONE...unless you get the little itty bitty ones, which I wont even attempt to spell out, they are good too! about the size of a gold dollar...
post #44 of 51
Pancakes??? HUH????? Sorry if I'm being a tad ignorant, but my religious observances are just not up to scratch. I didn't know there were PANCAKES involved with Easter!!!

I don't give up anything for lent - I already live as a vegetarian / trying real hard to be vegan (lol) so I think that's enough!
post #45 of 51
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Originally Posted by dawnofsierra
For years now, along with some other item, I've tried giving up not getting adequate sleep
Good Lord Stephanie!! Now that's taking things a little too far...
post #46 of 51
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Originally Posted by cagnes
I guess we're even since I never heard of Shrove Tuesday... until today that is! What does Shrove mean, is that a pancake? I love learning what goes on in other parts of the world!

If the Mardi Gras during Manchester Pride isn't the day before Ash Wednesday, than it isn't really Mardi Gras. Mardi means Tuesday & Gras means fat which is always the day before Ash Wednesday. I guess it can be considered a faux Mardi Gras.
I know Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday, but it also means 'An occasion of great festivity and merrymaking'!!

We're all definitely learning a lot from this!

As for why we eat pancakes, it's because as Lent is the next day, all the fats and creams have to be used up - so pancakes are made! There are also pancake races held in many villages across the UK!
post #47 of 51
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Originally Posted by Pombina
OOh is that today?! I always forget because Im not at my Mums now and she's not there to remind me!
We always had lemon juice and sugar. MmmmMMMMmmmmm however I will probably not be having them tonight I think Ill go and have a run instead!
oo oo oo me too! I love pancakes dripping with lemon juice and enough brown sugar to make them sticky

I missed Shrove Tuesday, but I'll do them tonight instead... DH LOVES my pancakes
post #48 of 51
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Originally Posted by Sar
I know Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday, but it also means 'An occasion of great festivity and merrymaking'!!

We're all definitely learning a lot from this!

As for why we eat pancakes, it's because as Lent is the next day, all the fats and creams have to be used up - so pancakes are made! There are also pancake races held in many villages across the UK!
Some U.S. members may be more familiar with the expression , "Donut Day" for Shrove Tuesday. "Mardi Gras" or "Carnival" are more widespread.
post #49 of 51
Is there some sort of British tradition that I'm not familiar with? I mean, because I'll celebrate a holiday basd soley on the consumption of pancakes any day!

I don't celebrate Easter or Lent (though, I do go home on Easter at the request of my staunchly Catholic Nonnie), but Mardi Gras...boy, is Mardi Gras fun
post #50 of 51
in the good ol' days, people didnt believe in waste so they used all the naughty foods up on shrove (confession) tuesday. the most cost effective thing to make with eggs, milk, sugar, butter was pancakes as you only had to add flour.

this has to do with religion as you are celebrating one day of freedom to eat like a king before lent.

(the link sar provided explains this!!)
post #51 of 51
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Originally Posted by maverick_kitten
in the good ol' days, people didnt believe in waste so they used all the naughty foods up on shrove (confession) tuesday. the most cost effective thing to make with eggs, milk, sugar, butter was pancakes as you only had to add flour.

this has to do with religion as you are celebrating one day of freedom to eat like a king before lent.

(the link sar provided explains this!!)
Thank you!
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