Pancake Tuesday around the world in 2020

Pancake Tuesday around the world in 2020
  How long until Pancake Tuesday?
This holiday next takes place in 128 days.
  Dates of Pancake Tuesday around the world
2021 Various Feb 16
Isle of ManTue, Feb 16Not A Public Holiday
United KingdomTue, Feb 16Not A Public Holiday
2020 Various Feb 25
Isle of ManTue, Feb 25Not A Public Holiday
United KingdomTue, Feb 25Not A Public Holiday
2019 Various Mar 5
Isle of ManTue, Mar 5Not A Public Holiday
United KingdomTue, Mar 5Not A Public Holiday
2018 Various Feb 13
Isle of ManTue, Feb 13Not A Public Holiday
United KingdomTue, Feb 13Not A Public Holiday
2017 Various Feb 28
Isle of ManTue, Feb 28Not A Public Holiday
United KingdomTue, Feb 28Not A Public Holiday
  Summary
In Ireland and UK it is a popular custom to make pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. Not a Public Holiday
  Which countries observe Pancake Tuesday in 2020?
Isle of Man  Isle of ManFeb 25Not A Public Holiday
United Kingdom  United KingdomFeb 25Not A Public Holiday
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When is Shrove Tuesday?

Also known as Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras and Pancake Tuesday, the Tuesday before Lent is the last chance to feast for 40 days.

Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the practice of 'shriving', an older term for the practice of confession. Before the onset of Lent, Christians would confess and receive forgiveness from sins so that they could enter Lent guilt-free.

This evening would be an opportunity for families to eat certain foods that would be banned during Lent, such as Meat, Eggs, Flour, Milk and fatty foods.

Ticking many of the boxes for these foods in its ingredients, Pancakes became popular in England as a way of using up such items that remained in pantries.

Did you know?

Many towns and villages in England hold Pancake Day races. Olney in Buckinghamshire is believed to be the home of the oldest such event in the world, with the first race held in 1445.

Making pancakes on Shrove Tuesday remains a popular custom in Ireland, UK and some parts of the British Commonwealth.

If you can't wait until Shrove Tuesday for a good reason to eat pancakes, head to France, whose 'Pancake Day' is on Candlemas ('La Chandeleur') which is 2nd February. One French tradition is to hold a coin in one hand and flip the pancake with your other hand. If you catch the pancake in the pan, that will bring good luck for the coming year.

Did you know?

Apart from Pancakes, there are other UK traditions on Shrove Tuesday such as the famous Royal Shrovetide Football match in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Shrovetide ball games have been played in England since at least the 12th century. The Ashbourne game has been played from at least 1667.

Lent

During the 40 days before Easter, Roman Catholics are supposed to abstain from all bodily pleasures, including the consumption of meat. This is intended to remember the fasting of Jesus, who spent 40 days in the desert before beginning his ministry.

The Orthodox Christian church has no tradition of ashes and Lent begins on Orthodox Shrove Monday.

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