When is pancake day 2022? Date of Mardi Gras, and Ash Wednesday 2022, why we celebrate it, and a pancake recipe

Before giving up anything for six weeks during Lent, to indulge in countless amounts of Easter eggs, Pancake Tuesday is celebrated.

Pancake Tuesday, also known as Shrove Tuesday, falls in mid-February and marks the eve of the start of Lent.

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Although traditionally a Catholic holiday, many people from different cultures and religions celebrate it today around the world.

Pancake Day means the eve of the start of Lent (Picture: Grahams Family Dairy)

So what date is it and why are we celebrating Pancake Tuesday? Here’s what you need to know.

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When is pancake day 2022?

Pancake Day is March 1, 2022.

The day changes every year, depending on the date of Lent, although Pancake Day always falls in February or March.

Why do we celebrate Pancake Day?

Pancake Tuesday is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent and is celebrated across the UK and parts of the Commonwealth.

Both France and the United States celebrate Mardi Gras on this day, as it signifies the end of a six-week carnival season and is also known as “Fat Tuesday”.

Its proper name is Shrove Tuesday, and it marks the eve of Ash Wednesday, when Catholics can begin abstaining from meat, eggs, animal products, or other foods or habits for 40 days.

Anglo-Saxon Catholics also often attended confession in their parish church, where they were “rarified” or forgiven for their sins. This practice also gave Mardi Gras its name.

A bell was rung for people to attend church, known as the pancake bell because it rang at noon as a gesture to stop working and start making your pancakes.

After confession, families returned home to use up the eggs and fats they had before beginning their Lenten fast.

The easiest way to use these products was to make a pancake batter and fry it in fat, to ensure that food was not wasted.

When is Ash Wednesday 2022?

Ash Wednesday always follows Shrove Tuesday, which means it falls on March 2, 2022.

What is Lent?

Many Catholics will give up luxuries such as sweet foods or favorite foods during Lent.

Traditionally, they would have given up meat and dairy, although fish could still be eaten.

During the hours before Catholics receive their ashes on Ash Wednesday, adult Catholics will often refrain from eating anything.

This is because the Bible tells how Jesus abstained from food for 40 days and 40 nights on his journey through the desert before being crucified.

Catholics replicate the sacrifice Christ made, known as the Lenten sacrifice.

Pancake recipe for Pancake Day 2022

Pancakes today are much sweeter than they were in the past and are usually topped with golden syrup.

Salted butter for cooking

(if possible, prepare your dough a few hours in advance and let it set in the fridge)

1. Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl, until the batter is smooth.

2. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add a small knob of butter, allowing it to coat the pan with a thin layer of fat.

3. Drop a spoonful of batter into the pan. When bubbles start to form on the surface, it’s time to flip!

4. Cook until bottom turns golden.

Serve with one of your favorite toppings.

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