Pancake Day


by Ben Panny


In English speaking countries, Tuesday is the term utilized to refer to the day right after Collop Monday and before Ash Wednesday. The liturgical season of Lent begins at Ash Wednesday. In a few nations this day can also be known as a National Pancake Day because a lot of folks consume pancakes on this day.

You may wonder why pancakes are connected with the day preceding Lent. It is like this because, it is actually a time of liturgical fasting, through which only the plainest food could be eaten. That's why rich ingredients such as milk, sugar, eggs, or flour are discarded quickly prior to the start of the fast. As you possibly already know, pancakes were the perfect way of using these ingredients and moreover they provided a small celebratory feast before the fast itself.

National Pancake Day is celebrated in English nations. One time in 1634 on a Pancake Day, when pancake race happened in the village in the United Kingdom, William Fennor wrote this in Palinodia: 'And toss their pancakes up for fear they burn". You already assume that Pancake Day features a long history, but actually the tradition is even older. Pancake racing had began long before 1634. The well-known Pancake Race at Olney Buckinghamshire has been held since 1445.

During the Pancake Day, races are held. The contestants of the races are normally woman. They're carrying a pan in the hand and they run towards the finishing line. Throughout the race, they're tossing the pancakes. Because the pancakes are extremely thin, some abilities are necessary to toss them while running. The winner is the woman who crosses the line first and throws the pancake a particular number of instances. It is firmly believed that this custom started when a housewife from Olney who was busy preparing the pancakes and forgot entirely what was the time until she heard the church bells ringing for the service. When she realized it was late, she raced out of the house to church. In her hands she was still holding her frying pan with pancakes.

In America the traditions of Pancake Races has turn out to be popular since 1950. The occasion was brought to Liberal, and in 1950 the international challenge was accepted by Reverend Ronald Collins, Vicar of Olney. Since this year folks from Liberal, Kansas, USA and Olney have been taking part in the "International Pancake Day". Pancake race is organised between two towns on Shrove Tuesday, that is also known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. It is the final day prior to the Lenten season, when Christians are encouraged to give up luxuries. Competitors race along an agreed upon course. To establish a winner, times of all of the two towns' competitors are compared. Kansas tops England at Annual Pancake Day Race.

A custom since 1950, the International running of the Pancake Race has come to be a symbolic occasion of peace and unity between the England and Usa. It's customary for Olney and Liberal to send dignitaries to each country, so that an official representative is present at the race. At the end of the race, the dignitary congratulates the race winner with the Kiss of Peace.




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