Hathershaw College

Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday


On Tuesday 28th February, staff and students celebrated Shrove Tuesday by eating - you guessed it - Pancake's! at breakfast for staff and in our canteen at break time for students.

More commonly known as Pancake Day, students also learned about the importance of Shrove Tuesday within the Christian community, and the origins of the celebration.


Shrove Tuesday is the last day before the period which Christians call Lent, the time of fasting. Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Lent is marked by fasting, both from food and festivities.

Fat, butter and eggs were forbidden during Lent, which is why Pancake Day originated - to use up all of these ingredients before Ash Wednesday.

Alternative Names

  • Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) - France
  • Paczi Day - Poland
  • Sprengidagur (Bursting Day) - Iceland


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