Shrove Tuesday falls on Tuesday 9 February 2016.
What is Shrove Tuesday?
Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday which marks the start of Lent, a period of liturgical fasting for forty days. Shrove Tuesday is a day of penitence and the last chance to feast and celebrate before Lent.
Shrove Tuesday comes from the ritual of shriving where Christians would confess their sins in order to receive absolution. The absolution would release them from the guilt and pain their sins have caused them. In other parts of the world Shrove Tuesday is known as Mardi Gras.
Shrove Tuesday is also known as Pancake Day. Pancakes were made and eaten to use up rich food stuffs, like eggs and milk, prior to fasting for the period of Lent. Pancake races have also formed part of Shrove Tuesday traditions and customs.